- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

GARDNER, Mass. (AP) - A homeless man has been held without bail after pleading not guilty to setting a fire that destroyed two vacant buildings in Gardner.

Reynaldo Pitre was arraigned Wednesday following his arrest Tuesday on an outstanding warrant for violation of an abuse prevention order. He was later charged with two counts of burning a building.

Officials say a furniture warehouse and a vacant apartment building were destroyed by fire on Tuesday.

Police say Pitre set a fire in the warehouse after an argument with his girlfriend. According to police, Pitre hoped his girlfriend would wonder if he escaped the building before it burned down.

The blaze eventually spread to the apartment building.

The fire remains under investigation.

Pitre is scheduled to return to court May 15 for a dangerousness hearing.


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