Man accused of setting fire to Bingham public works garage

Brandon Sherwood
Somerset County Jail
Brandon Sherwood
Posted March 29, 2013, at 10:02 a.m.

BINGHAM, Maine — A Bingham man was arrested Thursday night and charged with arson in connection with a fire in town over the weekend, police said.

Brandon Sherwood, 29, is being held on $100,000 bail at the Somerset County Jail, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

Sherwood is suspected of burning down the town’s public works garage Saturday night, McCausland said. The blaze caused half a million dollars in damage to the building and equipment stored inside.

Fire investigators identified Sherwood was a suspect when he was seen looking for his dog near the garage after the fire was put out, according to McCausland.

Investigators later found the dead pit bull-Lab mix in the rubble of the building. McCausland said the dog was trapped inside after a flammable liquid was used to ignite the blaze.

Sherwood, who was arrested at his home without incident, is also believed to be a suspect in a fire that destroyed an ice cream stand in town, also over the weekend, McCausland said. Sherwood has not been charged in connection with that fire.

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