The State Fire Marshal’s Office say a young Presque Isle man has been charged with arson following an early morning fire on the campus of Northern Maine Community College over the weekend.
Early Saturday morning at about 3:30, Investigators from the Office of State Fire Marshal responded to the campus in Presque Isle for an arson fire which occurred in an occupied apartment in Penobscot Hall. The fire originated in a bedroom and was quickly extinguished by the building sprinkler, limiting the fire damage to one room but causing significant water damage to several adjoining apartments. The team of Fire Marshal Investigators, assisted by local and college officials reviewed available security camera footage, witness accounts and gathered additional information which led to the Sunday night arrest..
Charged with arson is Paul A. Wasson, 22, of Presque Isle. Wasson was arrested without incident at his home and transported to the Presque Isle Police Department where bail was set at $80,000 surety or $10,000 cash. Wasson was then transported to the Aroostook County Jail after failing to post bail. Wasson was expected to see a judge and be arraigned Monday morning. Penobscot Hall was occupied by over a dozen students and guests at the time of the fire and all escaped without injury. Fire Marshal Investigators credit the functioning sprinkler system for quickly halting the spread of fire, preventing further damage and injuries. Wasson is not a student at the college but was visiting a friend on the campus late Friday night.