ALFRED, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Former Old Orchard Beach fire chief Ricky Plummer pleaded not guilty to charges of arson in York County Superior Court Thursday morning.

Plummer was arrested on May 7, 2016, and resigned one week later.

Plumber faces a felony arson charge and a misdemeanor for an Old Orchard Beach marshland fire that burned 42-acres back in April of 2016. Plummer admitted to investigators that he started the fire but denied doing it intentionally.

According to court records, Plummer says he discarded a cigarette butt in dry marsh grass, but fire investigators found no evidence of a discarded cigarette or smoking materials in the area.
And no one close to Plummer could confirm ever seeing him smoke before.

Investigators say video footage from that day show Plummer was parked at a vacant building that was just a four-minute walk from where the fire started.

Investigators say the footage also shows that Plummer disappeared for 25 minutes and one minute after he returned to his vehicle is when someone called 911 to report the wildfire.
If found guilty of arson Plummer could face up to 30 years in prison.