String of Suspicious Fires Strikes New Hampshire Town

May 13, 2009

Four fires — three considered suspicious — have kept firefighters busy in Berlin, New Hampshire over the past several days.

Officials said Berlin has been dealing with chronic arson for the past seven years. WMUR reports some have said that Berlin is prone to arson because it’s a depressed city with high unemployment that is overstocked with old, vacant buildings.

On May 2, firefighters responded to a fire at a vacant apartment building; someone set a fire under a staircase. On Saturday, someone set fire to junk inside a garage. On Sunday, Fagin’s Pub caught fire. That one was ruled electrical.

Early Monday, crews were roused again to fight a fire at a storage facility, surrounded by vacant buildings.

Information from: WMUR-TV

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