For Immediate Release - April 07, 2014

Weymouth Arson in Adult Video Store

Source of Stolen Gas Cans Sought

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Weymouth Fire Chief Keith Stark said the investigation into the early Saturday morning fire at 138 Bridge Street, Weymouth has revealed the fire was intentionally-set. The fire scene examination was completed today and the investigative team has determined that fire started inside the Amazing Video store. Multiple points of origin were found and evidence was taken for testing at the State Police Crime Lab for testing which is expected to confirm the use of an ignitable liquid.

Weymouth Police arrested John Fernald, of Rockland, on Saturday after a witness saw him fleeing the scene with burn injuries. He has been charged with breaking and entering and setting the fire.

“Neighbors are asked to check and see if they are missing any gas cans and if they are to call Weymouth Police Detective Tim Browning,” said State Fire Marshal Coan. He can be reached at 781-340-5032ext. 43113. Investigators believe Mr. Fernald stole two gas cans from somewhere in the neighborhood and used them to set the fire.

The fire is being jointly investigated by the Weymouth Police Department, Weymouth Fire Department, and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The building housed three businesses with an apartment at the rear. Four occupants of the apartment escaped without injury. Damages are estimated at over $1 million.