May 7, 2016 12:43 PM

UPDATE: Maine fire chief charged with arson is retired Portsmouth chief

PORTSMOUTH - A Maine fire chief charged with arson spent almost 20 years of working for the Portsmouth Fire Department before retiring as fire chief in 2001.

Old Orchard Beach Fire Chief Ricky Plummer, 59, was arrested early this morning at his mother-in-law's house in Scarborough, officials said. The Maine State Fire Marshal alleges Plummer set the April 15 fire which consumed 42 acres of the Jones Creek Marsh and brought in over 100 firefighters from Southern Maine to knock it down.

READ: Another firefighter charged with setting brush fire

This is the second firefighter in less than month charged with arson. Stoddard volunteer firefighter David Plante, 34, is charged with two counts of arson, for allegedly setting two fires in that town - one on April 20 and a second on April 21 which burned more than 200 acres and forced the evacuation of 17 homes.

Plummer started his firefighting career in Portsmouth and became the department's chief in 1996. He retired from Portsmouth in 2001 and has since served as fire chief in several communities, including the Maine towns of Standish and Gray, and Marlborough, Mass.

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