A Rumford man has been charged with arson in connection with a Dec. 20 fire in Temple that burned a shed to the ground and damaged a home.

James Bigos, 53, was arrested Thursday, according to a news release from Steve McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety.

According to the release, his ex-wife, Debbie Bigos, was one of three people in the adjacent home at 115 Temple Road when Bigos set fire to a shed in the early morning of Dec. 20.

The shed belonged to Daniel Williams of Temple Road, who helped save his house by using a garden hose on the fire until firefighters arrived.

Williams, Debbie Bigos and Bigos’ college-aged daughter were all asleep in the home and woken by the fire, which burned the shed to the ground and also caused minor damage to the house.

State fire marshal’s office investigator Jeremy Damren said Debbie Bigos is Williams’ girlfriend. The fire marshal’s office was assisted in its investigation by state and Rumford police.

Fire departments from Temple, Wilton, Farmington and New Vineyard helped douse the fire, which was reported at 1:30 a.m. Dec. 20, Temple Fire Chief David True said at the time.

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