BANGOR, Maine — A former tenant of a Hancock Street apartment was arrested Tuesday on an arson charge, according to an investigator with the state fire marshal’s office.
Detric Stanley, 29, is accused of setting the Sept. 27 fire at 345 Hancock St. that gutted a three-bay garage. The garage fire burned so hot that it melted vinyl siding and broke windows on three nearby apartment buildings, causing between $75,000 and $100,000 in damage. Two cars were parked inside the garage and were moved in time to avoid damage.
Sgt. Joel Davis said the Class A felony arson charge carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison. Stanley could face other charges, Davis said.
Stanley, who recently had been evicted from an apartment he rented from the owner of the garage that burned, was a person of interest in the case, Davis said. Investigators from the fire marshal’s office, the Bangor Police Department and the Bangor Fire Department had been looking for Stanley, whose last known address was in Alexander, since the night of the fire.
After receiving a tip on Tuesday, authorities arrested Stanley at a Bangor healthcare facility, Davis said. Stanley is being held on $50,000 cash bail at the Penobscot County Jail.
The garage was located next to an apartment building at 345 Hancock St. owned by Sid Smith, who is believed to be in his late 80s and does not live on the premises, Bangor Assistant Fire Chief Rick Cheverie said at the time of the fire.
Cheverie said Smith also owns an adjacent apartment building at 349 Hancock St. He said the buildings are managed by a person from Texas, who has a local employee.