Eight Fires Within 16 Hours in New Hampshire are Deemed Arson

October 12, 2010

Authorities say eight fires in 16 hours in Manchester, New Hampshire were arson.

Fire officials say they started Saturday afternoon and ended Sunday. No injuries or serious damage have been reported.

District Fire Chief Robert Corbeil tells the Union Leader that the first two were at an outdoor storage area for construction crews and are believed to be related.

Four more fires were set after midnight within 25 minutes of each other on the west side and are also believed to be related. Hours later, two more were set.

No arrests have been made. Investigators say three teens were seen running from one fire.

The city has been plagued by arson this year. Five arson fires were set between March and mid-May, and another three were set within two hours in late May. Five fires were also set in a day in August.

Topics Numbers Arson

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