A former tenant has been charged with arson in connection with a fire a Harbor Hill Estates in Bar Harbor last April.

Man indicted in apartment fire

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Jimmy Deiters

BAR HARBOR — A man who allegedly set fire to newspapers in his Bar Harbor apartment and then left the scene was indicted Thursday by a Hancock County grand jury in Ellsworth.

Jimmy Deiters, 56, who now lives at an Ellsworth homeless shelter, was indicted on two counts of arson and one count of aggravated criminal mischief.

Deiters was living at Harbor Hill Estates on the Highbrook Road in April of this year when he allegedly set the newspapers on fire in his living room. Witnesses saw Deiters riding away on his bicycle shortly before the fire was reported, police said at the time.

A sprinkler system in Deiters’ apartment extinguished the fire before firefighters arrived. There are about two dozen other apartment units in the building.

On April 17, two days after the fire, a state fire marshal arrested Deiters on the arson charge at the motel where he was staying.

Correction: An earlier version of this article contained an error. The article should have stated that Deiters was indicted on Thursday.

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