By - 7/21/14 - 2:26 pm

A man spotted on surveillance video walking away from a trash bag that then erupted in flames yesterday afternoon was charged with arson, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

East Boston District Court Judge John McDonald set bail at $1,000 for John Cherry at his arraignment this morning.

Prosecutors say the fire did an estimated $5,000 in damage to the exterior of a multi-family...Read more

By - 3/18/14 - 5:45 am

The Boston Fire Department reports a man tried to burn down the lodge at the corner of Tremont and Boylston streets around 7:45 p.m. on Monday:

An adult male entered the building and sprayed some type of liquid on to some furniture. He then attempted to ignite it. He was detained by a security officer and placed under arrest by responding Boston Police.

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By - 12/9/13 - 12:38 pm

Firefighters and arson investigators are at 354 West Broadway in South Boston, where somebody apparently tried to use gasoline to set the rear of the building on fire shortly after noon....Read more

By - 9/23/13 - 5:11 pm

A Revere man faces arson and attempted-murder charges after his house caught fire while his wife was inside last night.

Dale Peretti, 40, had bail set at $25,000 at his arraignment today, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.

Prosecutors charge Peretti doused the first floor of the house with gasoline, then lit a match in the dining room - outside the bathroom his...Read more

By - 9/7/13 - 7:40 pm

Boston Police report arresting a man they say set his ex-girlfriend's house on fire early this morning - and then stuck around to watch the flames.

Troy Poindexter, 35, of Mattapan, faces arraignment in Dorchester District Court on Monday on charges of arson and breaking and entering.

According to police, the woman, who has a daughter by Poindexter, came home around 1:40 a.m. to...Read more

By - 8/4/13 - 7:35 pm

A 49-year-old resident of the Fidelis Way project will be arraigned tomorrow on charges she tried to kill her daughter and the daughter's companion by setting them on fire early this morning, the Boston Fire Department and Boston Police report.

The department says the two people inside the 905 Jette Ct. apartment, both 21, had to be brought down a ladder from...Read more

By - 4/30/13 - 2:50 pm

A Mattapan 14-year-old was arraigned yesterday on an arson charge in Dorchester District Court for allegedly setting the front door of the Chez Vouz roller rink on Rhodes Street on fire Saturday night, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

The teen, not named because of her age, allegedly shoved burning papers into the front door, after she was turned away around 10 p.m. the...Read more

By - 3/9/13 - 12:04 pm

Boston Police report charging teens from West Roxbury and Roslindale with burning down the long vacant McDonald's on the southbound VFW Parkway last night.

Police say they followed footprints in the snow from the flaming old hamburger stand to the nearby Charles River - from where they could observe fresh footprints on the Dedham side of the river (the same investigative technique they used...Read more

By - 11/11/12 - 11:28 am

Destroyed cars. Photo by BFD.Destroyed cars. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department says an Acura and a Civic were destroyed by fire this morning in a garage at 15 Long Ave. in Allston.

The fire, reported at 7:49 a.m., was deliberately set, the department...Read more

By - 6/14/12 - 2:21 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters made short work of a fire at 193 Norfolk St.: It was reported at 12:50 p.m. and declared out a half hour later.

However, arson investigators were summoned to the scene after police reported a witness spotted somebody apparently throwing something into the two-family home just before the fire broke out....Read more

By - 3/9/12 - 12:15 pm

StewartUpdated 9:45 p.m.

A Brockton man is charged with setting a one-alarm fire that did an estimated $100,000 damage to a house at 7 St. James St. last night, Boston Police report.

James Stewart, 27, is considered dangerous, and may be on the way to Vero Beach, FL in a black 1992...Read more

By - 1/11/12 - 6:05 pm

BLS logoThe Boston Fire Department reports arson investigators arrested a 16-year-old male student at the exam school around 5 p.m. in connection with three fires over the past three days.

The student, not immediately identified, will be arraigned tomorrow, the day after a third fire sent students and staff...Read more

By - 1/11/12 - 3:09 pm

For the third day in a row, somebody set a trash barrel on fire at Boston Latin School, this time around 1:30 p.m. in a third-floor restroom. Teachers used an extinguisher to put out the fire, the Boston Fire Department reports. The school was evacuated for about 20 minutes.

Fire and police arson investigators got to the fire scene quickly - they were already on...Read more

By - 1/10/12 - 4:38 pm

UPDATE: Arrest made.

For the second day in a row, Boston firefighters had to respond to the exam school on Avenue Louis Pasteur for what school officials are telling parents was a deliberately set fire.

Yesterday's fire, at lunchtime, was in a trash barrel in a second-floor girl's bathroom. Today's fire was also in a trash barrel, in the basement.

The Boston Fire...Read more

By - 11/23/11 - 4:12 pm

Syretta CopelandSyretta Copeland, 31, was arraigned on charges of attempted murder, arson and causing injury to a firefighter for a Sept. 10 fire at 130 Devon St. that sent one resident and a firefighter to the hospital, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Roxbury District Court Judge Ernest Sarason set bail...Read more

By - 11/6/11 - 12:35 pm

Remains of the truck. Photo by BFD.Remains of the truck. Photo by BFD.

The Boston Fire Department reports a Ford Ranger pickup oarked in a driveway burst into flames shortly before 7 a.m. on Highgate Street, not far from where a series...Read more

By - 10/17/11 - 6:21 am

Fire stilll burning fiercely at 5 a.m. Photo by BFD.Fire stilll burning at 5 a.m. Photo by BFD.

UPDATE: Police have charged a Medford man with arson and attempted murder for what they say was a botched suicide attempt.

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By - 10/12/11 - 11:49 am

An East Boston woman living with her ex-boyfriend was arraigned yesterday on charges she set his Coleridge Street apartment on fire, causing $300,000 in damage, displacing three people and sending four firefighters to the hospital.

Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., set Tina Farulla's bail at $5,000, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which had requested bail of $50,000, and which provided this account:...Read more

By - 9/29/11 - 3:07 pm

Car arson

Arson investigators are looking into a suspicious car fire shortly after 1 a.m. today on Glenley Terrace.

Ward Hegedus, who took this post-fire photo of her car, reports both BFD and BPD responded quickly.

BFD spokesman Steve MacDonald says "no determination has been made as to...Read more

By - 9/24/11 - 11:08 am

Firefighters, police, respond to car fire in Allston this morning. Photo by Christine Varriale.Firefighters, police respond to car fire on Pratt Street in Allston this morning. Photo by Christine Varriale.

Allstonian reports three cars were set...Read more