A Brewer man was arrested Tuesday and charged with arson after allegedly setting fire to a house in Brewer on Christmas morning.
Investigators from the state fire marshal’s office arrested Julio Orsini, 30, and he was taken to the Penobscot County Jail.
Orsini made his first appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. He was not asked to enter a plea because he has not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.
District Court Judge Gregory Campbell set bail at $10,000 cash.
Orsini allegedly set fire to a home at 20 Maple St., causing significant damage to the duplex. Orsini also lives on Maple Street, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Stephen McCausland.
The fire started in the mudroom that also was used for storage on the first floor at the back of the building just after midnight Dec. 25, 2019, according to a police affidavit. No one was home at the time of the fire.
The fire destroyed the back section of the two-story home. The front section of the building suffered smoke and water damage.
After previously denying that he torched the home, Orsini on Jan. 29 admitted to starting the fire, according to the affidavit. He allegedly told investigators that he had been drinking with the first-floor tenants earlier in the evening and felt the male had bullied him.
Orsini allegedly set fire to an expensive sneaker he had given the man and put it in a plastic tote bag in the mudroom after the couple who lived there had left. The tote bag was full of paper and other combustible materials, the affidavit said.
The arson charge against Orsini is classified as a Class A crime, which is punishable by 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. If convicted, Orsini also could be ordered to pay restitution.