Gilmanton man charged with setting 3 Laconia fires

LACONIA — A 36-year-old Gilmanton man was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with 3 counts of arson in the City of Laconia. Jason E. Clairmont on Mallard Lane refused the services of a bail commissioner and is being held at the Belknap County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in circuit court.

According to police Captain William Clary, Clairmont is being charged with setting two fires in the middle of the night on January 25 — a car fire on Academy Street and a porch fire on Highland Street — and a September 4, 2013 fire that damaged a car parked in the area of the downtown garage.

Clary said police, in cooperation with N.H. Fire Marshal and the city Fire Department continue to investigate other suspicious fires in the city.