A New York, man was charged with two counts of arson and criminal mischief Friday for allegedly setting fire to a vacant building in Vassalboro earlier this month.

Devaughn James, 23, of Queens, New York, was arrested after a car he was a passenger in was stopped by police on Hallowell Road in Chelsea about 1 p.m. Friday.

Investigator Jeremy Damren of the State Fire Marshal’s Office said James is charged in connection with an Oct. 6 fire that destroyed an unoccupied building on Whitehouse Road in Vassalboro. The building, valued at $25,000, was a seasonal camp that had been moved to the property and was gutted in the fire.

Officials say at the time of the fire, James was staying with friends across the street.

The camp was owned by Michael and Barbara Bickford of Vassalboro.

The Maine State Police, the Augusta Police Department and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency assisted in the investigation, according to a press release from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

This story was clarified to show the arrest was in Chelsea.

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