Gilmanton man charged with Laconia arson says fires were accidental
A man charged with setting three fires in Laconia said they were accidental.
Jason Clairmont of Gilmanton was arraigned Wednesday on charges that he set a fire in September that damaged a parked car and two fires last month on Highland and Academy streets. The police said Clairmont was seen on several surveillance cameras in the area.
A police affidavit says the 37-year-old Clairmont admitted to smoking a cigar when it fell on top of a convertible in September. He said he may have been trying to smoke a cigarette too close to a house in January, but didn’t remember.
The state said Clairmont knowingly started the fires, but Public Defender John Bresaw said there had been no evidence supporting that.
Bail was set at $50,000.