January 16

Maine man charged with burning down mobile home

Investigators say the Gray man had been evicted from the home, which was owned by a former friend of his.

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

GRAY – The Maine Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested a Gray man who investigators allege burned down a mobile home he was evicted from last month.

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Paul Michael Barry

Courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said 50-year-old Paul Michael Barry was charged Thursday with arson and burglary.

Barry is accused of setting fire to the home on Route 26 in Gray about 2 a.m. Thursday. Barry returned to the scene of the fire later that morning smelling of gasoline. He was arrested after being interviewed by investigators.

Barry had been evicted from the home on Dec. 1 and had been living elsewhere in Gray with a friend. The mobile home was owned by a former friend of Barry’s.

Barry is being held at Cumberland County Jail in Portland without bail.

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