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It’s been a busy year for arson investigations in Manchester
“About 10 ahead of last year,” he said. Seventeen were definitely arson fires and nine of them may be, he said.Lennon and Manchester Police Detective Timothy Patterson are currently investigating arson activity Aug. 3 in the alley next to the Firefly Restaurant, 22 Concord St.
“No matter how small it is,” he said, it could be the key piece of the puzzle that results in the arrest of an arsonist.
Lennon said there have been five arson arrests so far this year. There was also one juvenile arrest in connection with an arson fire in April at a city elementary school.
A probable cause hearing was scheduled for Carroll June 5 in Circuit Court-Manchester District Division on two felony arson charges and the charges were bound over to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury.
Lennon said he’s aware of 23 such people in Manchester, although not all of them committed their crime or crimes here.
“About half of all arson fires are set by juveniles,” he said.
That includes children as young as 4 and Manchester has had a program for juveniles, up to age 17, since the early 1990s.
And don’t try to dismiss a fire-starting incident as “just a small fire,” Lennon said. “All fires start small.”
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