LACONIA, New Hampshire — A man charged with setting three fires in Laconia, New Hampshire, says 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 on Jan. 25 on Highland and Academy streets. 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 says Clairmont knowingly started the fires, but Public Defender John Bresaw said there had been no evidence supporting that.
Bail was set at $50,000.