Police investigating series of car fires in Merrimack County

  • A car that was burned in Salisbury early Tuesday morning was towed into Concord later in the day. Cars have been intentionally set on fire in Boscawen and Andover in the past few weeks, police said. Steve Leone—Monitor staff

  • A car that was burned in Salisbury early Tuesday morning was towed into Concord later in the day. Cars have been intentionally set on fire in Boscawen and Andover in the past few weeks, police said. Steve Leone—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/9/2019 4:02:52 PM

Authorities are investigating a third vehicle fire reported in the region, just days after they say two other cars were destroyed in fires intentionally set in Boscawen and Andover.

The latest fire occurred early Tuesday morning in Salisbury and engulfed a four-door sedan that was reduced to little more than its frame.

New Hampshire State Police is leading the investigation into the vehicle fires and is collaborating with local law enforcement to determine if the fires are related. Andover Police Chief Joseph Mahoney said by phone Tuesday that state troopers responded to a reported vehicle fire on the night of Oct. 2 but that he could not release any further information, citing the ongoing investigation.

A short time before the call in Andover, police in Boscawen responded to a car fire in the driveway of a Baker Street home, according to a WMUR report. Resident Kayla Fife said she was alerted to the blaze by her father who lives next door, and that her fiance ran outside tor try to extinguish the fire as others called 911.

Boscawen Police Chief  Kevin Wyman said local police contacted the state fire marshal’s office which sent an investigator to the scene.

"Right now, it is just talking to witnesses and neighbors to see if they saw anything," he told WMUR. "Of course, if anyone has any information, we encourage them to call us so we can follow up on that information."

New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Eric Shirley, Wyman and the state fire marshal’s office did not return calls Tuesday and Wednesday from the Monitor seeking further information about the joint investigation into the three fires.




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