For Immediate Release - May 03, 2014

Arson Fires Overnight in Southbridge

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Southbridge Fire Chief Mark W. DiFronzo, and Southbridge Police Chief Daniel R. Charette said there were three set fires in the Cohasse Street neighborhood last night.

The fire department responded to a fire in an unoccupied 3-family home at 26-28 Cohassse Street around 10:30 p.m. Two other smaller fires were discovered as well; one at 25 Cohasse Street, an occupied 3-family home and one at Simonds Inc., a business at 248 Elm Street.

The series of fires is similar to those set in this same neighborhood three weeks ago. The Southbridge Police Department has increased patrols in the neighborhood since then. Chief Charette said, “We need the eyes and ears of the public to catch the person or people responsible for these fires. This is a vibrant neighborhood with a lot of activity; the residents will be the first to notice something not quite right. We urge you to call the 9-1-1 if you do.”

Chief DiFronzo said, “We want the public to be aware of these fires and to protect themselves by making sure the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes are working. Neighbors should keep an eye on each other’s property and report any suspicious activity.”

Fire Marshal Coan said, “Anyone with information about these fires should call the Southbridge Police Department at 508-764-5420 or the statewide Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229.”  The Arson Hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program that provides rewards of UP TO $5,000 for information that helps to solve the crime of arson. It is sponsored by the property and insurance underwriting companies of Massachusetts.