Fires in Lewiston

Lewiston leaders say downtown improvement depends on many sectors

LEWISTON — Repairing the city's downtown is going to take more than just ordinances and city tax money, officials said Wednesday. A panel of Lewiston city and school officials at a discussion Wednesday night in the Lewiston Public Library summed up the city's status, especially in th... 1

About 50 people seek shelter at Lewiston High School

LEWISTON — For 12 years, Kalilwa Kalunga lived as a refugee in Zambia. He moved to Lewiston two years ago with his wife and their five children. “Now,” he said Saturday, “we start again as refugees.” Kalunga and his family lived in one of the Pierce Str... 4

Lewiston boy won't be tried as adult for arson

Fires in Lewiston: Complete coverage of how the city battled a string of fires and worked to recover.

On tape, boy tells officer, mother he set Lewiston blaze

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13-year-old boy charged in Lewiston arson moved to foster home

LEWISTON — A 13-year-old boy charged with three counts of arson in connection to downtown apartment building fires last spring has been released from a juvenile corrections center. Brody Covey was transferred to a therapeutic residential foster home late last week, according to attor...

Lewiston man held without bail: officers say he did drugs, had BB gun

AUBURN — Charles “Scooter” Epps is expected to remain in jail pending a hearing to determine whether he violated the terms of his probation, a judge ruled Tuesday. Epps, 33, of Lewiston is a career criminal and stepfather of a juvenile charged with arson in three downtown...

For boy, crime, filth, chaos and love were all part of life at 105-111 Blake

It was the third day of a court hearing that would have a dramatic effect on the life of 13-year-old Brody Covey. Three months earlier, Brody was charged with setting fire to his apartment building at 105-111 Blake Street in downtown Lewiston. It was the first of three unrelated arson fire... 20

Judge releases Lewiston boy charged in fires

LEWISTON — A judge on Wednesday ordered the release of a 13-year-old boy charged with four counts of arson in a May 3 fire that burned four downtown apartment buildings and left nearly 100 people homeless. Abdi Ibrahim of Lewiston was in 8th District Court for a juvenile detention he... 4

Juvenile arson hearing continues in Lewiston

LEWISTON — A local police detective said Friday that he suspected within minutes of interviewing him that 12-year-old Brody Covey set a fire that burned three apartment buildings. Covey, now 13, has been charged with three counts of arson, one for each of the apartment buildings in w... 2

Lewiston boy charged with arson awaits competency hearing

LEWISTON — A 13-year-old boy charged with arson in a fire that destroyed four downtown apartment buildings and displaced roughly 100 people this past spring is expected to challenge his competency to stand trial. Prosecutors filed a motion in July to determine Abdi Ibrahim's competen... 3

Judge suppresses boy's confession in Lewiston arson

Crews from Gendron and Gendron of Lewiston work to demolish 105-111 Blake St. and 172 Bates St. in Lewiston after fire destroyed the buildings in April 2013. The two buildings were in danger of imminent collapse. 18

Lewiston landlords challenge housing project

LEWISTON — A group of landlords hope to challenge the city's approval of a low-income housing project downtown. "We already have a lot of low-income property, and this won't contribute to our tax base," Darcy Reed, who owns two units downtown, said. "Just as a taxpayer, this c... 4

Lewiston Unites discussion continues Sept. 25

LEWISTON — Residents and city officials will check in next week to discuss how things have improved downtown since May's fires. The Lewiston Unites panel will discuss improvements to fire and police safety, housing and development and schools. The discussion is scheduled to begin at ...

Lewiston arson suspect ordered for psych exam for third time

AUBURN — A judge has ordered a Lewiston man charged with arson in Lewiston fires last spring to Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta a third time for a psychological evaluation. Brian Morin, 30, of 35 Jefferson St. is at Androscoggin County Jail awaiting a bed at the state hospita... 1

U.S. Sen. Collins honors Lewiston Fire Department

Judge rules Bryan Wood isn't able to stand trial in Lewiston arson

AUBURN — No date has yet been set to release Bryan Wood from the Androscoggin County Jail, a release ordered by a Superior Court justice Friday who found Wood is incompetent to stand trial on multiple arson charges in connection with a rash of downtown fires last May. Justice MaryGay... 3

Arson confession may have been motivated by ‘shame’

LEWISTON — Arson suspect Brody Covey may have confessed to the crime because a Lewiston police detective gave him a “moral excuse” to confess, suggesting the teen had a right to be angry about living in a condemned apartment building that the officer said was unfit for his own d... 4

Doctors say arson suspect not competent to stand trial

AUBURN — Three psychologists who evaluated a Lewiston man said in court Thursday he appeared to lack the necessary reasoning skills to be found competent to stand trial. Bryan Wood, 23, is charged with three counts of arson in a downtown Lewiston fire that destroyed three apartment b... 5

Lewiston firefighters quickly douse trash fire

LEWISTON — Police and fire officials were investigating Thursday night after a pile of trash went up in flames next to a College Street garage. At about 8:30 p.m., several people called to report a garage up in flames behind an apartment house at 142 College St. When fire offi...

Three months after fires, Lewiston recovering

LEWISTON — City officials say they've noticed a distinct difference in the quarter-mile that makes up the downtown since a series of spring fires burned nearly a dozen apartment buildings. Cleanup and recovery from the April 29 through May 6 fires are works in progress, said Jeff Bar... 4

Donate money

— is accepting financial donations, which will be distributed to Lewiston fire victims through the United Way of Androscoggin County. To donate, go to and click on the link for the Lewiston Fire Relief Fund. Or, send contributions directly to the United Way, 66 Ash St., Lewiston, ME 04243-0888 and write "Lewiston Fire Relief Fund" in the memo line.

— The American Red Cross — United Valley Chapter, c/o Executive Director Jennifer Gaylord, 1180 Lisbon St., Lewiston, RE: Lewiston Downtown Fires. Go to 

— Salvation Army, 67 Park St., Lewiston, RE: Lewiston Downtown Fires. Email or call 783-0801. The Salvation Army is no longer accepting donated goods because of limited storage space.

— Catholic Charities is accepting financial donations to help Lewiston fire victims. To donate, call 781-8555.

— Area credit unions have joined together to raise funds through an initiative titled, "LIFTING LEWISTON: Credit Unions Coming Together to Support Our Neighbors." Donations can be made at a number of area credit union locations and all funds raised will go to the American Red Cross, United Valley Chapter. Participating credit unions include: Central Maine FCU, Community CU, Great Falls FCU, Lewiston Municipal FCU, Maine Family FCU, Monmouth FCU, Rainbow FCU, Sabattus Regional CU, Five County CU, Lisbon Community FCU, and Midcoast FCU.

Donate goods

— The Root Cellar, an interdenominational Christian mission founded to support inner-city youth and their families, is offering two ways to help: Drop off gift cards, toiletries and microwavable foods at the Root Cellar, at 89 Birch St.; or go to  (, which will connect donations to fire victims with specific needs. Also at and 207-782-3659.

— Big Lots in Auburn is filling bags with basic necessities that can be purchased for $10. For every bag purchased, Big Lots will add a $10 gift certificate for the victims.


— An informal, non-timed fun run/walk 5K will be held Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m. at Farwell Elementary School in Lewiston with all proceeds going to the Northeast Bank fund for the fire victims. Minimum donation is $5. For more information, go to

— All proceeds from the 9th annual Remembering Tom Rowe Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the First Universalist Church, 160 Pleasant St., Auburn, will aid the fire victims. Tickets are $28.

— A comedy fundraiser will be held at Prose Gallery, 223 Lisbon St., Lewiston, on Saturday, May 11. Two shows, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. All proceeds will be directed to the fund created by YWCA of Central Maine and Northeast Bank to benefit fire victims. 

— Lewiston Redemption Center will donate 20 percent of all profits made Saturday, May 11. The redemption center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 700 Lisbon St.


— MaineHousing and other agencies are asking landlords with vacant apartments to post their vacancies for free on MaineHousing also maintains a list of subsidized housing units in Maine.

— New Beginnings services are available for youth affected by the Lewiston fires. Its youth shelter (795-4070) is a 24-hour emergency shelter in a safe, home-like environment for teens and for single young adults up to age 20. Its outreach drop-in center at 245 Lisbon St. in Lewiston (795-6831) serves homeless youth ages 14 to 21 Monday through Friday afternoons, offering a safe place to rest, eat, shower and get basic household and hygiene supplies. Outreach workers assist homeless young adults up to age 24 (including those with young children) with referrals to services and housing. Also, homeless young adults ages 16 to 21 can apply for up to 18 months of housing in Transitional Living Program apartments with services to help them move on to independent living on their own (795-6048). For more information, call 795-4077.

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