Two teens charged with torching Standish church

| June 17, 2012

STANDISH — Two teenagers were arrested on charges of setting a fire that destroyed a 114-year-old church Thursday afternoon.Only one wall of the Richville Chapel remained standing hours after the boys allegedly set fire to the building.

Sgt. Joel Davis of the state Fire Marshal's Office said the boys, who are 15 and 14 years old, were arrested Thursday night by investigator Danny Young and Detective John Fournier of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office after witnesses identified them.

Davis said the boys are from Standish and Buxton. Each one is charged with arson and burglary.

The church, built in 1898, is on Mosley Road, off Route 114 about four miles north of the Gorham town line.

Authorities are still investigating a string of fires that were set in Gorham this spring. Davis said he has ruled out any connection between those arsons and Thursday's fire.

"There are just no similarities," he said.

 

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