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Police: Man set homeless shelter bus on fire

February 22, 2019
This booking photo released Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 by the Nashua, N.H., Police Department shows Brandon Middaugh, who was arrested on charges of assault and setting a homeless shelter bus on fire on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Nashua, N.H. Authorities said the 27-year-old was staying at the Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission before he started the fire and assaulted someone in the shelter's parking lot. (Nashua Police Department via AP)

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Police have arrested a man accused of setting a homeless shelter bus on fire and assaulting another person in New Hampshire.

Authorities say 27-year-old Brandon Middaugh was staying at the Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission in Nashua when he set the fire Tuesday.

Police say Middaugh had been acting suspiciously before he started the fire and assaulted someone in the shelter’s parking lot.

The fire destroyed the bus and damaged a nearby apartment building. No injuries from the fire were reported.

Middaugh was arraigned Wednesday on charges of arson, simple assault and resisting arrest among other offenses. It’s unclear whether Middaugh has an attorney.

Police Lt. Daniel Mederos says Middaugh is being held without bail.

Other organizations have reached out to the shelter for potential bus replacements.