For Immediate Release - July 18, 2014

Beverly Teen Charged with Arson in Folger Ave Fire

A Beverly teen was arraigned today on multiple counts of arson and destruction of property charges in connection with the July 13th Folger Avenue fire that destroyed two houses and damaged eight others.

Zackary Pavia, 19, of 5 Crescent Avenue in Beverly was arraigned today in Salem District Count on charges of ten counts of Arson of a Dwelling, 13 counts of Malicious Destruction of Property Over $250, Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime for a Felony, and Trespassing.  Judge Matthew Machera granted the Commonwealth’s request to hold him without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on July 25th.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Heidi Sylvanowicz told the court that the defendant allegedly went with two juveniles to 36 Folger Avenue in Beverly on Sunday, July 13th, and smoked marijuana.  After exiting the home, that was under construction and unoccupied, the defendant was seen going back inside carrying a blow torch. 

The two juvenile males, aged 15 and 17, will be summonsed to court and will both be charged with Accessory Before the Fact (to wit Arson), Breaking and Entering in the Nighttime for a Felony and Trespassing.

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.  Beverly Mayor Michael Cahill issued a statement thanking them for quickly identifying the suspects.  Mayor Cahill also acknowledged the work of the firefighters who responded to the Folger Avenue fire last Sunday.  “This significant fire had the potential to be far worse.  The brave actions of our first responders saved lives and prevented much greater loss of property.  Our community is truly grateful for their professionalism and their commitment to serving us all,”  Cahill said.

The defendant is represented by Attorney Rebecca Whitehill and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.