New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase, and Claremont Fire Chief Richard Bergeron announced that an arrest has been made in connection with a fire that occurred on June 22 involving a vehicle at a residence.
As a result of the joint investigation, Steven Meyette, 45, of Claremont, NH, was arrested on June 22, on one felony level charge of Arson; it is anticipated that additional charges will be forthcoming, said the authorities. He is currently being held at the Sullivan County House of Corrections in lieu of $25,000 cash-only bail.
The investigation remains ongoing by members of the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Claremont Police Department.
Degnan reminded citizens that arson is not a victimless crime, and that “any intentionally set fire puts in motion a series of events that significantly jeopardizes both the public and our First Responders safety. Nationwide, intentional set fires cause over 400 deaths, 1,300 injuries, and $1.3 billion dollars in direct property damage annually,” he said.
Anyone with additional information is requested to contact the Claremont Police Department Detectives at 603-542-7010 or the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office – Bureau of Investigations at –603-223-4289.