Junior Jordan Maroon, 20, was arrested this afternoon and charged with three counts of arson after State Fire Marshal and Public Safety investigators responded to reported fires in Gorham’s Philipi Hall.
Three fires were set in the residence hall, one in a first-floor trash can and two others were set to posters within the building. At least one of the fires seems to have occurred on the second floor according to reports from witnesses, but his could not be confirmed at this time. According to the State Fire Marshall, USM Public Safety responded at 4:30 a.m. shortly after Maroon is accused of starting the fires. Maroon was being held at the Cumberland County Jail today.
One student, a sophomore and musical theatre major and resident of Philipi, Caitlyn Hubbard described the scene on the second floor. “No one knew what was going on. There were ashes footing all around the hallway when we had to leave. It was scary.”
Students were evacuated at 4:30 p.m. to the Brooks Student Center and held there until 7:30 p.m. while state investigators kept second-floor residents for additional questioning.
“It was smokey on the second floor. It hit you immediately,” said another student, Jordan Holt a sophomore double major in musical theatre and history and resident of Philipi, but many students and Resident Assistants reported that they weren’t really sure what had occurred exactly.
No injuries have been reported, and estimated costs of damages have yet to be released.
Philipi Hall, one of the newest halls on campus houses just over 200 students with 90 suite-style rooms.