LIVERMORE FALLS — A Livermore Falls man was arrested  Saturday in connection with a Feb. 16 fire that damaged the Treasure Chest, a secondhand shop on Depot Street.

Scott Violette, 36, was arrested by a State Fire Marshal’s Office officer at the Livermore Falls Police Department after being questioned about the blaze earlier in the day. Violette was charged with arson and violating probation.

Police said Violette lives in an apartment building on Depot Street, the same street where the Treasure Chest is located. 

Violette was on probation for a previous arson conviction from a 2003 fire in Norridgewock.

State fire investigators earlier this week ruled that the Treasure Chest blaze was intentionally set.

The Treasure Chest abuts the Chuck Wagon Restaurant in the same building.

About 45 firefighters from Livermore Falls, Jay, Livermore and Wilton responded to the early-morning call of a bucket on fire in the business entryway.

A Livermore Falls police officer and a firefighter arrived at the scene first and used extinguishers from a cruiser and the Town Office to knock down flames. The fire burned cedar shingles and got into the wooden overhang on the front of the building.

Officials estimated damage to the thrift store to be several thousand dollars.

State fire investigators have cleared the business to reopen.

Violette was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn and was being held on $15,000 bail.

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