PORTLAND, Maine — A man has been charged with setting a fire that destroyed two buildings at the former Lincoln, Maine, paper mill.

Officials say David Parsons of Lincoln, a former worker at the mill, was charged Thursday with three counts of arson.

More than a dozen fire departments were called in to help douse the fire that started Wednesday afternoon and destroyed a 300-foot-long warehouse and a scale shed.

Fire raised concerns about toxins on the site. Lincoln officials voted to seek a Superfund designation for the site that’s contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos, dioxin, heavy metals and PCBs.

Arson carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Parson was held at the Penobscot County Jail, where he couldn’t be reached. It unclear if he’d hired an attorney.


This story has been corrected to show the defendant’s last name is Parsons, not Parson.