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Grand Jury Indicts Former Firefighter In 14 Fires

November 4, 1988

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) _ A former firefighter has been indicted on charges he set 14 fires that terrorized the town of Jefferson for months.

A Coos County grand jury Thursday charged Lance Lalumiere, 23, of Jefferson, with 14 counts of arson and two of attempted arson.

The rash of fires, which began in brush and fields and progressed to barns and homes, had terrorized the community of 850 since May. No serious injuries were reported, although one family narrowly escaped their burning home May 27.

Lalumiere was working as a dishwasher in Jefferson at the time of his arrest Oct. 12 on charges he set fire to his brother’s cabin Aug. 23. Police said at the time they would seek indictments against him for 15 other fires.

The attorney general’s office said Lalumiere had admitted to setting 16 blazes.

Court documents show that authorities found a hand-drawn map of several arson sites in Lalumiere’s trailer and a propane-type torch in a car he owned.

The documents also indicate that on the day of the fire at his brother’s cabin, police used dogs to track Lalumiere’s scent on a path from the cabin to his trailer. Lance reportedly said he had not used the path since 1987.

He remained jailed without bail.

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