PARIS, Maine — A 20-year-old man is going to prison for 15 years for setting fire to a western Maine boarding house while residents were sleeping.

Todd Fickett of Norway was sentenced Friday in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris.

He pleaded guilty in March to burning down the boarding house where he lived after threatening another resident during a fight over stolen food. Nobody was injured in the May 2011 fire, but more than a dozen people were left homeless.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph O’Connor argued for a 30-year sentence, saying the fire could have turned into the “largest mass murder in Maine history.”

According to the Sun Journal, defense attorney Maurice Porter said Fickett was reckless but didn’t intend to kill anyone.