The State Fire Marshal’s Office says a 65-year old Standish woman was charged with three counts of arson and say she is a suspect in over a dozen other fires over the past two years in Cumberland and
York counties.

Fire Investigators arrested Carol Field of 3 Standish Glen late Friday afternoon and she was later taken to the Cumberland County Jail in Portland.  The three fires she is charged: the July 26 in Raymond that badly damaged the Raymond Hill Baptist Church; a September 16 fire that damaged a vacant house on Central Ave. in Limerick; a September 2010 fire outside Plumber’s Hardware Store in Waterboro.

Investigators say she also is a suspect in 15 other fires during the past two years at vacant buildings and wooded areas in the two counties.  A team of fire marshal investigators, ATF agents, Maine Forest Rangers and deputies from Cumberland and York counties combined efforts this summer to investigate the fires.  Field became  a suspect in early September after a witness saw a car leaving one of the fire scenes and gave investigators a partial license plate number.

Field is likely to make her first court appearance in Cumberland County Superior Court early next week.  She is being held on $100,000 bail.

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