October 22, 2018
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Maine man accused of setting fire to his mattress

The Maine fire marshal’s office says a Waterville man set fire to his own apartment during the weekend.

Michael Jerrier, 46, faces an arson charge, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Monday.

Jerrier allegedly set fire to his own mattress late Saturday, sparking a blaze that fire crews doused quickly, preventing damage to the other 14 apartment units in the building.

The fire marshal’s office said Jerrier has a history of using a cigarette lighter to burn himself.

First responders took Jerrier to MaineGeneral Health in Waterville for an evaluation. Investigators arrested him the next morning and took him to Kennebec County Jail in Augusta.

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