Man arrested May 8 faces new arson charges following investigation

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UPDATE: Manchester Police provided an update on a May 8 report regarding the arrest of Nicholas Knee, 41, who at that time was charged with three counts of arson. 

According to the update, Knee is now facing four additional charges of felony arson after police investigated a rash of fires that occurred in the area of Merrimack, Middle, and Pleasant Streets in overnight- early morning hours of May 8th

Original story ⇒ MANCHESTER, NH – A man has been charged with four counts of arson related to overnight fires reported in a concentrated area of the downtown.

On May 8, 2024, Manchester Police responded to the vicinity of Merrimack, Middle, and Pleasant streets for the report of several overnight fires. 


Manchester Fire officials were already on scene and believed the fires were intentionally set. Each fire was located near residences and flammable material was found in the vicinity. In one fire, a propane grill had been used, and in another items had been placed on a deck and ignited.  

Manchester Fire personnel advised police of a male who had been seen in the area carrying a white plastic bag. Police were able locate the individual identified as Nicholas Knee, 41, of Manchester (no set address.) Through the investigation, police established probable cause to arrest Knee, charging him with three felony counts of arson, and 1 count of attempted arson. 

Additionally, Manchester Police and Fire are jointly investigating other fires that occurred in the same area.

Anyone with information about these fires can contact the Manchester Fire Marshal  Division at (603)669-2256 or Detective Ryan Heile at or (603) 792- 5534.


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This press release was issued by Manchester, NH, Police Department.