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Press Release Fire in Brockton Mayor’s Car Intentionally Set

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Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer

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BROCKTONOn December 1, 2018, the Office of the State Fire Marshal was requested to investigate a fire involving the city-owned vehicle of Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter. The fire occurred on Pearl Street, outside his Brockton home. The mayor was not home at the time.

The fire in the 2015 Ford Explorer had self-extinguished and suffered minor damage. No one called the fire department at the time of the fire and the fire damage was discovered on December 1 in daylight. Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set, most likely sometime the night before.

The fire is being jointly investigated by the Brockton Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “If anyone has any information about this fire, please call the Arson Hotline confidentially, 24-hours a day, 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 case. It is funded by the property and casualty insurance underwriting companies of Massachusetts.



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