Smithfield man tried to burn neighbor’s barn, fire investigators say

Posted March 13, 2012, at 3:33 p.m.

SMITHFIELD, Maine — A local man was arrested on Monday evening for allegedly trying to burn his neighbor’s barn, said Sgt. Ken Grimes of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Patrick Rines, 38, of Smithfield was arrested by state fire marshals on Monday and taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison. He was charged with attempted arson.

On Sunday evening, Village Road resident Joey Moser discovered that someone had dumped hot stove ashes into some wood shavings in his barn, Grimes said Tuesday afternoon.

Grimes said the two had an ongoing dispute.

“Basically they don’t get along,” said Grimes.

No fire actually started, but Grimes said he could see heat damage in the area where the ashes were dumped.

Grimes said it was a “fairly straightforward case.”

“He was identified and charged with the attempted arson,” Grimes said, adding that the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest.