For Immediate Release - July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014 - 3 Charged in Beverly Arson

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Beverly Police Chief John G. LeLacheur, and Beverly Fire Chief Cotter announced an adult and two juveniles will be charged with setting fire to 36 Folger Avenue in Beverly on Sunday evening July 13. Arrested last night on outstanding warrants was Zach Pavia, age 19, of 5 Crescent Ave, Beverly. He will be charged with 10 counts of arson, 13 counts of malicious destruction of property of $250, 1 count of breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony and 1 count of trespassing.

Two juvenile males, aged 15 and 17, will be summonsed and charged with 1 count accessory before the fact, 1 count of breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony, and 1 count of trespassing.

The fire started in a single family home under construction. The building where the fire started, an adjacent building under construction and a motor vehicle were totally destroyed. Eight additional homes suffered damaged, one significant. The total estimated damage is $2M.

Tips to the Arson Hotline were helpful in solving this case. The hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program sponsored by the property and insurance casualty underwriting companies of Massachusetts. The program provides rewards of UP TO $5,000 for information that helps to solve the case.

The fire was jointly investigated by the Beverly Fire Department, Beverly Police Department, and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.