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Man charged with arson in connection with Concord apartment fire


A Concord man is facing an arson charge after a fire that forced several families from their homes.Brendan McEwen, 22, will be held without bail after he was charged with arson and reckless conduct. Prosecutors said he’s accused of setting a fire at an apartment building in Concord last week.”About 1:30 in the morning, Concord Fire Department responded to 20 Bog Road for a fire reported from apartment 313, which was on the third floor,” said Assistant Merrimack County Attorney Terri Harrington. “The caller reported there were two adults and two children trapped on the balcony.”Everyone in the building was able to make it to safety.Prosecutors said McEwen was spotted a short distance from the fire and agreed to a police interview. Harrington told the judge police seized his shoes, and a K-9 indicated the presence of accelerants. Prosecutors also told the court that McEwen’s prior record shows convictions for misdemeanor arson and a false fire alarm.Defense lawyers said he denies the charges.”First and foremost, I’m concerned that he was really arrested in this matter because of his prior criminal record and that’s what makes him such a suspect in this particular case, not in fact the evidence the state has to tie him to the fire at Bog Road,” said defense attorney Catherine Flinchbaugh.Janessa Luciano lives on the third floor of the building and said the ordeal was frightening.”That was definitely the scariest thing that me and my boyfriend and daughter have ever dealt with,” she said.Luciano said she hopes to be back in her apartment by Sunday.

A Concord man is facing an arson charge after a fire that forced several families from their homes.

Brendan McEwen, 22, will be held without bail after he was charged with arson and reckless conduct. Prosecutors said he’s accused of setting a fire at an apartment building in Concord last week.

“About 1:30 in the morning, Concord Fire Department responded to 20 Bog Road for a fire reported from apartment 313, which was on the third floor,” said Assistant Merrimack County Attorney Terri Harrington. “The caller reported there were two adults and two children trapped on the balcony.”

Everyone in the building was able to make it to safety.

Prosecutors said McEwen was spotted a short distance from the fire and agreed to a police interview. Harrington told the judge police seized his shoes, and a K-9 indicated the presence of accelerants.

Prosecutors also told the court that McEwen’s prior record shows convictions for misdemeanor arson and a false fire alarm.

Defense lawyers said he denies the charges.

“First and foremost, I’m concerned that he was really arrested in this matter because of his prior criminal record and that’s what makes him such a suspect in this particular case, not in fact the evidence the state has to tie him to the fire at Bog Road,” said defense attorney Catherine Flinchbaugh.

Janessa Luciano lives on the third floor of the building and said the ordeal was frightening.

“That was definitely the scariest thing that me and my boyfriend and daughter have ever dealt with,” she said.

Luciano said she hopes to be back in her apartment by Sunday.

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