Crime: Fearing the Fire Next Time

Fearing the Fire Next Time

Nestled in New Hampshire's White Mountains, Jefferson (pop. 880) is a New England version of Garrison Keillor's fictional Lake Wobegon. These days, however, Jefferson's calm has been shattered by a real-life nightmare that might have been concocted by Horror Novelist Stephen King. Since May, 19 fires have destroyed or damaged seven homes and a motel, injuring three residents. Authorities believe the fires were set by a local arsonist.

Last week Governor John Sununu stepped in. Two additional fire investigators and six police investigators are patrolling the community. The next day, in what looked like a taunt, the arsonist struck again, igniting...

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