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Police arrest two for burglary in investigation of Wilmot house explosion


December 09. 2017 7:04PM
Adam J. Dalton, left, and Shane T. Fortier (Office of the State Fire Marshal)



WILMOT - State fire and local law enforcement announced two arrests for burglary following the investigation into a May house explosion in Wilmot.

Shane T. Fortier, 30, of Wilmot and Adam J. Dalton, 25, formerly of North Sutton, were each charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, which is a Class B felony that carries a prison term of three and a half to seven years in state prison.

Wilmot fire and police officials responded to a home explosion at 543 N.H. Route 4A on May 1 about 8 a.m.

Police officials said they found the structure fully involved with fire with an injured male victim outside, having sustained severe burns to his face, hands and knees.

The New Hampshire Fire Marshal's Office was called in to assist with the probe.

Dalton was released on $10,000 cash bail and will be arraigned in Merrimack County Superior Court Dec. 28.

Fortier refused bail and was being held at the Merrimack County House of Corrections in Bosacawen.

Fortier will be arraigned on Monday.

State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan said more charges could be forthcoming.

Wilmot Fire Chief Sean Brunel and Wilmot Police Chief David Zuger joined with Degnan in announcing the arrests.

Other assisting agencies were the police departments of New London, Danbury, Alexandria and Bradford.


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