FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Firefighters in Fall River say there may be something sinister behind a string of recent fires in one part of the city.
Fall River Fire Marshal Roger St. Martin said he’s looking into several suspicious fires in the Ruggles Park area. One of those fires broke out in a four-car garage on Robeson Street around 9:30 Saturday night.
“Our arson investigators have determined it was intentionally set,” said St. Martin. “Inside the building, there was an antique vehicle, a couple motorcycles and some quads.”
Everything inside the garage was destroyed, officials said.
Investigators are now working to find out who set the fire and why. They’re also looking into five cars that caught fire in July in the same part of the city.
According to St. Martin, someone broke into the cars – which were all parked on Tremont, Stetson and Home Streets – and torched them.
“They were unlocked vehicles,” St. Martin said. “They may or may not be related to these fires that we’ve had in the recent past, that was, like I said, about a month ago.”
Officials said they are now focusing on fire prevention. They passed out about 300 fliers with safety tips – going door-to-door to homes and businesses.
The effort began after two triple-deckers went up in flames on Tremont Street Saturday night.
“One of them actually started in a trash barrel outside the building,” St. Martin said. “So it could have been someone passing by with a cigarette, dropping a cigarette in the barrel.”
According to the fire marshal, neither of the homes had working smoke detectors.
“Just be vigilant in your fire protection and fire safety inside your buildings. That’s why we sent these out,” St. Martin said.
Anyone with information on these suspicious fires should contact the Fall River Fire Department.