The 14-year-old boy who was shot by a homeowner in Gorham late Friday night as he allegedly tried to set fire to a porch remains in the hospital, police said Monday.

Gorham police released no new details about the case Monday, other than to say that no one has been charged.

Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office say the boy’s unsuccessful effort to start a fire on a porch at 8 Mountview Drive was probably unrelated to a string of arsons in Gorham in the spring.

A series of six suspicious fires from March 27 to April 18 targeted vacant buildings, mostly in the north end of town, and involved an accelerant like gasoline.

The house that was targeted Friday, in the southern end of town, was occupied, and the way the boy tried to set the fire was not the same, said acting state Fire Marshal Joe Thomas.

“We’re not seeing any type of connection there to what was going on” with the suspicious fires earlier in the year, Thomas said.

Police have not released the name of the 14-year-old boy.

The boy was confronted by the homeowner at 11:45 p.m. Friday as he tried to set the fire, Thomas said. He was shot with a shotgun.

The boy’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

He apparently had had a dispute with a youth who lives in the house, Thomas said.

Police withheld the names of the homeowner and a witness to the incident.

According to the town’s tax records, the home is owned by Craig Bassingthwaite, a Gorham Grizzlies football coach and a board member of the Gorham Football Boosters, and his wife, Tracey.

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