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Two more fires investigated in Laconia

Fire officials are trying to figure out the cause of a series of fires in Laconia including two on Halloween.

Responders from the Laconia, Gilford and Belmont fire departments were dispatched to two separate simultaneous building fires early Thursday at Hector’s Restaurant and Pitman’s Freight Room.

Fire Chief Kenneth Erickson said the Pitman’s fire was very similar to an early-morning fire there Sept. 28 that caused nearly $20,000 in damage.

He said the second fire, which caused $30,000 in damage, was in the exact same spot as the first.

The fire at Hector’s was determined to be the result of three separate fires involving two Dumpsters and a fence.

The recently reopened Freight Room was scheduled to host a Halloween event Thursday night.

This is really upsetting,” Pitman’s manager Maureen Bienairz-Pond told the Laconia Daily Sun as she surveyed the damage. “This is my second home.”

Police Capt. Bill Clary is leading the city’s investigation.

“We are obviously seeking the public’s help,” he said, adding that it was a priority and a lot of resources were being committed to it.

Clary said there is up to a $1,000 reward for arrests and convictions that come from the Greater Laconia Crime Line.

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