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Dover woman, 35, charged with arson

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 07. 2018 10:19PM
Deena M. Dumaine 

DOVER — A 35-year-old local transient woman faces arson and other charges after setting a downtown building on fire Saturday morning, Dover police officials said.

Deena M. Dumaine, no fixed address, also will be arraigned July 19 in Strafford County Superior Court on charges of criminal mischief, resisting arrest or detention and simple assault on a police officer after the incident.

Officers first responded at 12:50 a.m. to Armor-Guard Sealcoating at 894 Central Ave. after a caller reported hearing a woman yelling about setting a building on fire.

The first officer spotted flames coming from the side of the building and heard glass breaking.

Officials said the officer saw Dumaine next to the building and that she fled but was quickly taken into custody.

At the time of her arrest, officials said Dumaine then slapped the officer on the chest.

Other arriving officers put out the small blaze with a fire extinguisher.

They saw a man inside the building who was later identified as Dumaine’s boyfriend.

After an investigation, officers learned the pair had been staying in the building with the permission of the owner.

Officials said they believe that following a dispute with the boyfriend, Dumaine had broken the window and started the fire.

There were no injuries to either person in that building or to the officers who responded to the incident.

Dover Fire and Rescue confirmed the building remained structurally sound, officials said.

Anyone with information about this matter is asked to contact Dover police at 742-4646.

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