Woman arrested, accused of setting fire in Plymouth church

Woman had reportedly been hiding inside the church
Firefighters at First Parish in Plymouth after a fire was deliberately set in the church's foyer. David G. Curran photo.

PLYMOUTH - A Middleborough woman was arrested Sunday evening after reportedly setting a fire in a Plymouth Church. Plymouth firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the First Parish Plymouth Unitarian Universalist Church at 19 Town Square around 6:30 p.m. According to the church's Facebook page, the woman had reportedly been hiding in the church since Sunday services. 

The woman who is alleged to have set the fire has been identified as 35-year-old Christine L. Erickson of 1175 Center Street in Middleborough. She was placed under arrest Sunday night and charged with breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, interfering with a firefighter, assault, assault and battery, burning a public building, resisting arrest and injury over $5,000 to a church/synagogue, according to the Plymouth Police Department's log.

The motive for the fire is unknown. Plymouth police are investigating.

There was some damage to the foyer of the church and some furniture had been broken. The church also filled with smoke during the fire. There were no reported injuries.

According to the church's website, First Parish Church in Plymouth is the oldest continuous church in New England. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in December 2014, according to the Restore First Parish Plymouth.

(A woman was arrested at the First Parish in Plymouth after allegedly lighting a fire in the foyer. David G. Curran photo.)

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