Photo by DAVE ST. PIERRE
“We were able to extinguish it rather quickly”
ST. ALBANS — There has been an arrest in a series of fires at a St. Albans Town farm with an arraignment scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today in Chittenden County Court.
There have been four fires since mid-May on the Maquam Shore Road property owned by Lorin and Robin Ladd. The most recent occurred Tuesday night.
Law enforcement officials and the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s office declined to name the suspect until after the arraignment today.
The fourth fire took place on Tuesday night when firefighters were called to combat a blaze in a vacant doublewide mobile home. The northeast side of the structure was on fire when firefighters arrived on scene at roughly 6 p.m.
“We were able to extinguish it rather quickly,” said St. Albans Town Fire Chief Harold Cross. Swanton firefighters provided assistance.
On June 30, a fire, later determined to be arson, destroyed a hay barn on the farm causing about $30,000 in damage.
Another vacant home on the farm suffered $50,000 in damage as the result of an arson fire on May 20. That fire, too, is considered arson.
Approximately a week earlier firefighters had been called to a hay fire at the same farm.