SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine authorities say a South Portland man set his kitchen on fire in an attempt to force his roommate to move out.

City and state officials said Monday that police and firefighters responded to the South Portland home to investigate a reported fire Sunday night. The Portland Press Herald reports the 52-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with arson Monday.

Fire Marshal's Office spokesman Sgt. Ken Grimes reports the man lit a small fire on his kitchen table in an effort to force his roommate to move out. The roommate fled the house as the fire was happening and is unharmed.

Grimes says arson carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com