Arrest made in Waldoboro arson

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 22, 2013
Photo by: Beth A, Birmingham Elizabeth Cunningham, a tenant of this mobile home at 50 Union Road in Waldoboro, succumbs to grief upon arriving at the scene of a blaze Nov. 14. State Fire Marshals deemed the fire was intentionally set and have arrested and charged Eric Buckley - the sole occupant at the time of the fire - with arson.

Waldoboro — A resident of a mobile home lost in a Union Road blaze Nov. 14 has been arrested for arson.

Eric J. Buckley, 34, was arrested Nov. 22 and charged with arson, according to a press release from Maine Department of Public Safety.

Buckley, who was living in the mobile home, was the only occupant at the home at the time of the fire. Elizabeth Cunningham and her 13-year-old son were also tenants at the 50 Union Road home.

Buckley was arrested after being released from the VA Hospital in Togus and was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. He is being held on $20,000 bail, and will be arraigned Nov. 25, according the authorities from the jail.

"Buckley set fire to items in a bathtub and the fire then quickly spread — destroying the mobile home," said Fire Marshal Sgt. Ken Grimes in the release.

Grimes said a 14-year-old neighbor, Jacob Soule, noticed the fire and assisted Buckley to safety out a bedroom window. Soule then called 911 to report the fire and unleashed the family dog from outside of the mobile home.

More than 15 firefighters from Waldoboro, Warren and Union responded to the call at 11:30 a.m. and remained on scene for more than two hours.

Waldoboro and Warren Emergency Management Services assisted on the scene with rehabilitation for the firefighters. One Warren firefighter was taken by ambulance to Pen Bay Medical Center as a precaution, said Waldoboro Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer.

Also on the scene were members of Waldoboro Police Department. Friendship Fire Department was called to cover the Waldoboro station.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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