FAIRFIELD — A fire that caused several thousand dollars worth of damage in a Summit Street apartment building Monday night is believed to have been intentionally set, according to the building’s owner.

The fire was reported at 7:20 p.m. Monday and originated in a utility room, said Ron St. Amand, the owner of the four-unit apartment building at 32 Summit St. The Office of the State Fire Marshal was at the scene to investigate and believes the fire was intentionally set, St. Amand said.

“I don’t know why anyone would want to set a fire like this — you’d have to ask them that,” St. Amand said, adding that damage to the building is estimated at several thousand dollars, but he does have insurance.

Sgt. Joel Davis of the Office of the Maine State Fire Marshal said Tuesday that investigators are still reviewing the case and said it was too early to officially determine what caused the fire.

There were at least four people living in the building, and they are staying at the Fireside Inn in Waterville, St. Amand said. Travis Leary, a firefighter for the Fairfield Fire Department, said there were no injuries reported and that firefighters were at the scene for several hours Monday night.

The Waterville Fire Department assisted in covering Fairfield’s station during the fire.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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