For Immediate Release - June 01, 2016

Beverly Man Sentenced for Arson

A Beverly man, who pleaded guilty to setting a 2014 fire which caused an estimated $3 million in damage to several homes on Folger Street in Beverly, was sentenced today in Franklin Superior Court.

Judge Mary-Lou Rup sentenced Zackary Pavia, 20, to 5 years in the House of Corrections, with 3 years to be served and the balance suspended for 7 years.  Upon release, Pavia will spend his first year under house arrest.  He was also ordered to remain drug and alcohol free with random screens, attend 4 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week, undergo mental health counseling, and to be employed.  He was also ordered to pay restitution.  A hearing to establish the amount of restitution to be paid is scheduled for July 18, 2016.  Zackary Pavia, 20, pleaded guilty to 3 counts of arson and 10 counts of wanton destruction of property in December. 

Essex Assistant District Attorney John Brennan requested that the Judge impose a 7 to 10 year state prison sentence citing the extensive damage to the homes and the fact that the entire neighborhood had to flee their homes. 

On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Beverly Fire Department responded to a 3-alarm fire at 36 Folger Avenue at 9:30 p.m. The fire started in a second floor bedroom of 36 Folger Avenue, a home under construction and quickly spread to another home under construction at 38 Folger Avenue. The occupied residence at 40 Folger Avenue sustained heavy fire damage and seven other buildings suffered lesser damage. One vehicle, a porta-potty, and a construction dumpster were also damaged by the fire. Damages are estimated at $3 million. Neighbors, including an infant, on the cul-de-sac had to be evacuated.

Pavia and two juveniles entered the home at 36 Folger Avenue Beverly. Pavia started the fire by lighting a large cardboard box in the second floor bedroom with a torch he carried in his backpack. Afterwards, the teens watched the fire from a nearby restaurant.

The fire was jointly investigated by Beverly Fire and Police, State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Tips on the statewide Arson Hotline (1-800-682-9229) were helpful in solving this case.

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “Arson is not a victimless crime and it is important that community came forward and helped to solve this case.” He added, “I want to commend the fire investigation team and the Essex District Attorney’s office for bringing this dangerous man to justice.”