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Press Release  Public’s Help Sought in Marblehead Fire Investigation

Officials Hope to Identify Person from Surveillance Video
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Jake Wark, Public Information Officer

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MARBLEHEADMarblehead Fire Chief Jason R. Gilliland, Marblehead Police Chief Dennis King, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey are asking for the public’s help as they investigate a suspicious fire Monday morning at a building under construction.

In particular, officials hope to identify and speak with a person who can be seen in footage that was recorded around the time of the fire by a camera near the scene.

“We believe this person may have information that could be helpful to investigators,” said Chief Gilliland. “We also encourage anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact the Arson Watch Reward Program at 1-800-682-9229. You can reach out 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all calls are confidential.”

The Arson Watch Reward Program is coordinated by the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriters Association and offers rewards of up to $5,000 for information that detects or prevents arson fires. Tipsters may also contact Marblehead Police directly at 781-631-1212.

“A fire in a building that’s under construction, renovation, or demolition is dangerous,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “These structures often have limited fire protection measures in place. That puts firefighters at greater risk, and it means fires can cause more damage or put the community in harm’s way by spreading to occupied homes and businesses.”

The fire at 265 Pleasant St. was first reported through an alarm activation at about 1:00 am on Oct. 24 and quickly extinguished. Its origin and cause are being jointly investigated by the Marblehead Fire Department, Marblehead Police detectives, and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office.


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