Toilet torchings ‘arson’


WATERFORD – Wednesday night’s fire and one last month that destroyed two portable toilets at the town’s recently rebuilt ballfield on Route 118, were intentionally set, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Murch said early Friday night.

“Those port-a-toilets don’t just ignite on their own,” Murch said of the arson cases, which are being investigated by Maine State Police.

At 11:13 p.m. Wednesday, Waterford firefighters responded to a report of an outhouse on fire at the ballfield.

“It was fully involved when we arrived,” Murch said.

The first potty was torched at 1 a.m. on a Monday in April.

The torched toilets, which were valued at $600 each, were owned by G. A. Downing of Minot. Hoping to flush out information about the crimes, the Minot company offered a $100 reward per potty, Murch said.

The department’s response to each fire has also cost Waterford $2,000.

Additionally, Murch said he didn’t know if the town could get any more portable toilets for the field, unless the arsonist is soon apprehended.