Oct 2, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 4, 2014
Arson cited as cause of Alexandar Carr Playground fire say officals
Paula Charity, a witness to a fire at Paula Alexander Carr Playground Friday, looks on while fire crews ensure the blaze has been extinguished. (HUNTER McGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)
DERRY--Fire crews on the scene of a fire Friday at Alexander Carr Playground that fire officials say was intentionally set. (By HUNTER McGEE)
“Somebody lit up the hay bales and the wind took it,” said Derry Battalion Chief Michael Gagnon as he stood near the clubhouse. “We got it fully extinguished and applied foam,” Gagnon said.
No injuries were reported in the fire that began at around 1 p.m.
The white foam coated a large section of the hay bales, which are used as a safety barrier during the sledding season. The foam outlined the path of the fire that touched an outside pillar of the lodge's deck before it was extinguished by fire crews, Gagnon said.
Three engines responded to the scene. Along with foam, fire crews poured approximately 3,000 gallons of water on the blaze before it was extinguished, Gagnon said.
A witness to the incident, Paula Charity, said she was walking her dog at about 1 p.m. when she saw a man as she approached the playground. Charity lives nearby in the Fairways Apartments and frequently goes on walks in the area with her dog, “SirEcho. “
After approaching the man, Charity said she saw some ice on the ground and asked him if it was slippery. The man answered that it was and then paused before saying that “some kids set the hay bales on fire,’” Charity said he told her.
She noticed the hay bales were beginning to smoke and catch fire. She said the man then told her he was going to call the fire department and walked away. After he left, the fire grew stronger and began to approach the nearby clubhouse.
Charity said she decided to use her cell phone to report the fire at 1:14 p.m. As she waited, she said the man never returned and the fire intensified under the windy conditions. It came within feet of the clubhouse, she said.
“I was waiting for the building to go up and fortunately it didn’t,” she said.
Charity said she believes the man had something to do with starting the fire as she didn’t see any children around the area when she spoke to him. Also, he never returned to the playground.
Charity said the man she spoke to is about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a stocky build. She added that he had some kind of a speech impediment.
The fire is under investigation by the Derry Fire Department, Gagnon said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Police seek two men in Concord home invasion - 0
- No arrests in Manchester SWAT incident - 0
- Man wanted in Fremont homicide investigation found dead - 0
- Free Keene founder gets community service sentence for fraud conviction - 1
- UPDATED: Police locate man wanted in Fremont homicide investigation - 0
- Suspect in Hampstead home invasion seeks to have statements tossed - 0
- Lee police looking for vehicle involved in break-in - 0
- Hinsdale man arrested on prostitution charge - 0
- Gravestone vandalized in Exeter’s Winter Street Cemetery - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- James Pindell's The Back Story: Does the grassroots approach still work? - 0
- Shaheen: 'Don't Import Candiate That Outsources Jobs' - 0
- Abandoned Property: Romney, Brownies and even J.D. Salinger are on the list, are you? - 0
- Ted Siefer's City Hall: Levasseur back on MPD's case, but this time with numbers - 0
- Answers sought over dead ducks, geese - 0
- Londonderry man killed in cycle crash - 0
- Monitoring social media - 0
- Apple opens in Manchester - 0
- NHIAA football: Bedford hangs on, outlasts Concord - 0
More violence at Keene
Monitoring social media
Rowdy night ushers in Keene Pumpkin Festival
Boz Scaggs explores a bit of 'Memphis'
Shaheen, in Hooksett, rallies with union
Sprague seeks more assets from Fuller Oil
More violence at Keene
- Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has found upskirt photos taken on a subway aren't illegal. Should such voyeurism be a crime?
- Total Votes: 917