CONCORD, NH – A Hill resident was arrested on Christmas Eve on charges of setting fire to the apartment building she lived in.

Kathy Canfield, 60, of Hill was arrested on Friday for arson and bail violation.

On November 22, police, fire and rescue teams were dispatched to 4 Commerce Street in Hill over an apartment fire. At the time, officials said there were four people inside their apartments. They were all able to self-evacuate without any problem.

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The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal‘s Office was called in to investigate the blaze that led to the charges against Canfield. Tilton police arrested her on Friday on a warrant from the office.

Canfield was arraigned Monday in Merrimack County Superior Court. She was released on bail on a pre-trial order. Canfield is due to return to court for a decision conference on January 28, 2022.

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Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said in a statement that arson was not a victimless crime. Any intentional fire, he said, sets off a series of events that significantly compromise the safety of the public and first responders. Nationally, intentional fires cause more than 400 deaths, 1,300 injuries and $ 1.3 billion in direct property damage each year, Toomey added.

Anyone with further information on this matter is urged to contact the NH State Fire Marshal’s Investigations Office at 603-223-4289.

Canfield is no stranger to the police, court records show.

She was indicted earlier this year with two thefts on unauthorized charges, crimes due to two previous convictions. She was charged with appearing to use an auto-scanner to pay for goods without scanning items at Hannaford in Franklin between January 13 and concealing items on May 22. 28, 2022. She pleaded guilty to theft in Tilton in August 2018. Canfield was also charged with robbery, common assault and theft in Concord in January 2018. She pleaded guilty to the assault charges of fact and theft in September 2018. The charge of robbery was not charged.

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