Arson likely at senior center

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HOPKINTON, N.H. (AP) -A fire that destroyed a senior center under construction appears to be arson, investigators said.

The fire started before 11 p.m. Monday.

Eugene and Anne Slusser donated $1 million to fund the construction after Hopkinton voters rejected a town-funded center. The two-story building was still being framed, and the center was set to open in the spring.

Investigators said the fire was intentionally set. An arson-detection K-9 found two points of origin and evidence that some sort of petroleum-based product ignited the fire.

The project has been criticized by some in the town. On a trailer a few yards from the site was a spray-painted message that said, “Not on my tax dollar.”

“They’re wrong. There have been no taxes,” Selectman Don Lane said.

Officials said that they plan to rebuild.



Information from: WMUR-TV, http://www.thewmurchannel.com/index.html

AP-ES-01-16-07 1913EST

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