Police: Surveillance video shows arson suspect setting 1 of 5 Pawtucket fires

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Pawtucket police are working to track down an arson suspect after several fires broke out overnight.

Within minutes of each other, police said they found a trash bin on fire on East Street, a large pile of trash on fire on Sabin Street, and three separate fires on Broadway: a trash bin, a rental truck, and a liquor store.

Pawtucket firefighters responded and put out each of the fires.

“It’s a very abnormal event,” Battalion Chief Dave Cairrao said early Monday morning. “I can’t speak about how if they’re related or they’re not related, that’s why the BCI and fire marshal’s offices are here, but it is certainly an abnormal event to have — the amount of fires, all exterior, and all in such a short period of time.”

No injuries were reported, but there was some property damage. Rick’s Liquors had to close for the day to clean up.

Later in the morning, State Fire Marshal Tim McLaughlin determined the fires were connected and intentionally set. He said they’ve identified the man they believe to be responsible, but he’s not yet been arrested.

Surveillance video obtained by 12 News appears to show a man putting something into a bin outside Rick’s Liquors around 3:30 a.m. He then walks away, before flames erupt a short time later.

The suspect’s name has not been released.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. William Figura at (401) 727-9100 ext. 764 or wfigura@pawtucketpolice.com.

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