SKOWHEGAN – State Fire Marshals are investigating a handful of car arsons and vandalisms that took place in Skowhegan early Monday morning.
“We woke up in the morning and my mom was screaming. The neighbor told her that the car was set on fire,” said Jacob Martin, whose mother’s car had been damaged.
Skowhegan residents woke up around 4 a.m. Monday morning to a troubling sight.
“When I opened up the door, I wanted to throw up,” said Martin. “Like it was scary.”
“I noticed smoke seeping out of the driver’s side rear door,” said Alyssa Landry, who discovered her roommate’s boyfriend’s car on fire. “And the second thing I noticed was the windows were black.”
A total of four cars, three on Family Circle and one on nearby Front Street, were intentionally set on fire according to Fire Marshals.
“In three of four places they were trying to light the fire and weren’t able to have it ignite,” said Cheyenne Weston, whose boyfriend’s car was damaged. “It got hot enough to melt the interior.”
“To get woken up and be told that the cars are on fire and to evacuate, it was quite a mess,” said Sean Davis, who lives on Family Circle.
Nobody was injured in any of these incidents. Neighbors say they still slept with one eye open the following night.
“All the thoughts are going through your head of ‘what if he sets the house on fire or something while you’re sleeping’. It’s a really scary thing,” said Martin.
Fire Marshals have not yet named a suspect.
“We took a bunch of evidence that’s being processed at the crime lab and we’ll know more as we go on. The investigation is ongoing at this time,” said Sgt. Joel Davis, of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
If you have any information you can call the Skowhegan Police Department at (207) 474-6908, or the Maine State Fire Marshals’ Office Anonymous Arson Hotline at 1 (888) 870-6162.