Nashua man sentenced in arson case
NASHUA - A city man who admitted to being fascinated by fire will serve at least three years in prison for indulging his mania. Jeffrey Toner, 33, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to felony arson charges stemming from two different fires and was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in prison, Assistant County Attorney Roger Chadwick said. Toner will begin serving his sentence after he completes a one-year sentence he received for violating parole on a previous theft charge, Chadwick said. Toner was arrested shortly after setting a fire in an apartment where he had been living at 107 Pine St. on May 4. No one was hurt, but the building was heavily damaged, and three families were forced out of their homes. Toner also was charged with setting fire to a storage trailer at his former workplace nearly three years before. Police said Toner admitted to setting both fires and that he has “a fascination with setting fires.” Toner had been staying at 107 Pine St. for about three weeks before the fire, his roommate told police. The two men got into an argument and fight after Toner came home drunk early that Sunday morning, but Toner left before police arrived. His roommate also left, after speaking with police. Toner told police he returned to the apartment at about 3 a.m., climbed through a window, doused a couch with rubbing alcohol, and started the fire. In addition to that fire, Toner also admitted to setting fire to a storage trailer outside Triangle Pacific Co., 25 Crown St., on June 13, 2000.