Byline: Gary V. Murray
WORCESTER- One of two Gardner men charged with setting fire to a pair of apartment buildings was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail at his arraignment yesterday.
Jason Clark, 19, of 75 Union St., Apt. 1, Gardner, pleaded not guilty in Worcester Superior Court to two counts of arson of a dwelling and a single count of burning a building. The charges stem from fires Nov. 16 at 5 and 11 Wright St., Gardner.
The fires were both under the porches of the multistory apartment buildings, which are in a congested neighborhood. While damage was minimal, fire officials said, a large block fire could have resulted if the fires had gone unnoticed for a long time.
Mr. Clark and co-defendant 18-year-old Joseph Warren were charged after an investigation by the Gardner Fire and Police departments and the state fire marshal's office.
Judge James R. Lemire set bail of $10,000 cash or $100,000 with surety without prejudice. That will enable...