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Former Newmarket firefighter sentenced on home arson charges

A former firefighter has pleaded guilty to two charges of arson following a fire at his home and has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, with part of that time suspended.

Firefighters said the fire at the garage at Donald Dubbs’s rental home in Lee did extensive damage in July 2013. They said an elderly woman who owned the home narrowly escaped. Dubbs was later arrested by U.S. marshals in Pennsylvania.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reported that police records said the 59-year-old Dubbs was upset when the woman decided to move into an assisted living facility.

Dubbs had been a firefighter in Newmarket.

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