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Following fire in building, Downing Street homeowner faces series of charges 

  • Three fire engines, a tower truck and three ambulances responded to the house fire at 23 Downing Street in Concord on Monday morning, October 7, 2013. The fire was contained just before noon, leaving what fire officials described as extensive damage inside.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Three fire engines, a tower truck and three ambulances responded to the house fire at 23 Downing Street in Concord on Monday morning, October 7, 2013. The fire was contained just before noon, leaving what fire officials described as extensive damage inside.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Three fire engines, a tower truck and three ambulances responded to the house fire at 23 Downing Street in Concord on Monday morning, October 7, 2013. The fire was contained just before noon, leaving what fire officials described as extensive damage inside.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Three fire engines, a tower truck and three ambulances responded to the house fire at 23 Downing Street in Concord on Monday morning, October 7, 2013. The fire was contained just before noon, leaving what fire officials described as extensive damage inside.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Three fire engines, a tower truck and three ambulances responded to the house fire at 23 Downing Street in Concord on Monday morning, October 7, 2013. The fire was contained just before noon, leaving what fire officials described as extensive damage inside.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Three fire engines, a tower truck and three ambulances responded to the house fire at 23 Downing Street in Concord on Monday morning, October 7, 2013. The fire was contained just before noon, leaving what fire officials described as extensive damage inside.<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Ronald K. Paige

Ronald K. Paige

The owner of a home at 23 Downing St. in Concord now stands accused of several crimes following a fire in the building on Monday morning.

Ronald K. Paige has been charged with reckless conduct, being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon, three charges of vandalism and a bail violation.

"Based on the circumstances surrounding the fire," a statement from the Concord Police Department said, "investigators from the Concord Fire Department became suspicious and alerted police."

Following initial interviews, the police obtained a search warrant, the police statement said, and inside found a Samurai-style-sword. "Detectives later learned that Paige has a previous felony conviction which prohibits him from possessing a deadly weapon," the statement said.

"Based on witness interviews and evidence recovered by detectives," the statement said, "probable cause was established to arrest Mr. Paige for reckless conduct related to the fire in his home."

The statement also says the police responded to a Pembroke Road address this morning for a report of a domestic dispute, also resulting in a charge against Paige: domestic criminal mischief.

The police said Paige has been out on bail following an arrest in Concord on Aug. 22 for criminal trespass and resisting detention.

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