Man arrested in Topsham arson case

TOSPHAM — A 21-year-old Topsham man was charged Wednesday night with arson for the fire that destroyed an abandoned apartment building on the Brunswick Naval Air Station Annex on Tuesday, the State Fire Marshal's Office said.

Fire scene from above
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This aerial view shows the charred remains of an apartment building in Topsham. State police charged a Topsham man with arson in connection to the blaze that occurred Tuesday night.

Robi Saputra
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Robi Saputra

In a statement, the office announced that fire investigators and Topsham police arrested Robi Saputra, 21, in the parking lot of the Merrymeeting Condos where he lives. The condos are near the base annex, where the fire took place.

Saputra was arrested without incident and taken to the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset, the statement said. In addition to the arson charge, he was charged with violating conditions of his bail for a prior unrelated drug offense.

The fire began when a recliner was set on fire in an outside storage building, then spread to a carport and the four-unit apartment house, fire investigators said.

Investigators said Saputra was on the base annex with three friends Tuesday night, but the others were not involved in the fire.

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Glad they caught him...

Is there nothing better to do in the town of Topsham than hang around the base??? At 21 you would think he would be a little more responsible....

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