Officials seek public’s help in Oakfield arson investigation

Posted May 08, 2014, at 5:11 p.m.

OAKFIELD, Maine — State police and fire officials are asking for the public’s help with their investigation into the suspected arson of an unoccupied home here early Thursday morning.

Members of the Oakfield Fire Department were called to the fire about 3 a.m. at 623 River Road.

Later that morning, firefighters contacted investigators from the Maine State Police and state fire marshal’s office after determining that copper pipes and tools were missing from the residence and that the cause of the fire seemed suspicious, according to state police Sgt. Josh Haines.

The home is a summer residence owned by Shirley Smith of Arizona and was insured, Haines stated in a press release issued Thursday afternoon.

Anyone who has information that might help with the investigation or was traveling River Road early Thursday morning is encouraged to call Trooper Dennis Quint or fire marshal’s office Investigator Ed Archer at the state police barracks in Houlton at 532-5400.