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Man charged with arson in 2017 general store fire

Kurt Searles, 34, was arrested Friday in connection with the April 2017 fire at the Falls General Store.
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FARMINGTON, Maine — A Philips man was arrested Friday in connection with an April 2017 fire at the Falls General Store.

Kurt Searles, 34, of Farmington was charged with Class A felony arson and Class B felony conspiracy to commit arson, Maine Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Shannon Moss said in a release.

The store at 176 Croswell Road has since been demolished.

Moss said new information in the five-year-old case prompted the arrest.

Searles was taken to Franklin County Jail. He was released Friday morning on $5,000 cash bail, according to records.

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