For Immediate Release - July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014 - Man Arrested for Northampton Library Fire

Northampton Police arrested Eric Bertrand, 54, last night for setting a fire in the Forbes Library on July 14, 2014. The fire was set in the interior stairwell and was quickly extinguished by library staff and others using fire extinguishers. Bertrand was held overnight at the Hampshire County House of Correction and will be arraigned this morning in Northampton District Court.

The fire was jointly investigated by the Northampton Fire Department, Northampton Police Department and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Investigators determined the cause of the fire was the ignition of a paper bag containing cans of lighter fluid and paper. They were able to link Bertrand to the purchase of the lighter fluid.