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Press Release  Man Arrested for New Bedford Arson

Man Arrested for New Bedford Arson
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  • Department of Fire Services

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Jennifer Mieth, Public Information Officer

STOWLast night, New Bedford Police arrested Xavier Betancourt-Echev, 25, of 330 North Front St. Apt. 3S, New Bedford for setting a fire in a 5-family home at the same address. The one-alarm fire started at 11:50 a.m. on February 28, 2018.

Members of the New Bedford Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal jointly investigated the fire. They determined the fire was intentionally-set. The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office will handle the prosecution.


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The Department of Fire Services provides training for firefighters, fire prevention, fire code enforcement, education to the general public, and oversees fire investigations through the Office of the State Fire Marshal. We support the fire service in the protection of life and property, promote and enhance firefighter safety, and provide fire service leadership through policy and legislation.


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