Saco, Maine

Man’s body found after standoff, fire


The body of a 58-year-old Maine man has been found in the rubble of his home after a fire that he is believed to have started during a standoff with police. The state fire marshal’s office said the body of Charles Scontras was found late Saturday night inside his Saco home. Scontras’ estranged wife and a police officer went to the home around 2 p.m. Saturday so she could retrieve belongings. They retreated when they saw smoke coming from the house and heard at least one gunshot. Officials say Scontras kept police at bay and refused to come out. About 6 p.m., more smoke and flames came out of the house, which was destroyed by the fire. An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.

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