Arson

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 home at 26 Falcon St.

According ro the DA's office:

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:

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.

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 wife was in at the time.

Peretti, however, had an alternate explanation:

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 find him coming out her front door - and flames coming off her porch:

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.

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 DA's office says, adding she had been earlier barred by the rink for 30 days for "fighting and making threats to other patrons."

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.

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

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

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.

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 Lexus LS400 with Florida plates: 9112GE. He may also be with his two-year-old daughter, Harmony.

Firefighters responded shortly before 11 p.m. to find a fire blazing on the first floor. The fire was knocked down about 20 minutes later. No residents were injured, but one firefighter was treated at Mass. Eye and Ear for an ear injury, the department says.

Police say witnesses saw Stewart walking away from the fire.

Know where he is? Contact B-2 detectives at 617-343-4275 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

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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.

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 another floor investigating the previous two days' fires. There were no injuries, BFD says.

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.

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 at $7,000; prosecutors had asked for $20,000 bail.

Shortly before 5 a.m. on Sept. 10, Copeland poured gasoline on the back porch, lit that, then went around to the front porch and did the same thing, prosecutors charge:

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.

A gas explosion that blew out the wall of an apartment started a massive fire that raced through a series of connected Roxbury apartment buildings around 12:45 a.m., leaving residents in one building trapped by flames on the third floor - from which they tossed a young boy to firefighters below. The rest were led to safety via an extended ladder from a firetruck.

A man was arrested at Boston Medical Center and charged with setting the fire, which spread across seven buildings on Wardman Street, Waldman Road and Westminster Avenue, the Boston Fire Department reports:

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:

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 on fire this morning off Pratt Street - and then another one went up in flames across the street after firefighters put out those fires.

Christine Varriale reports:

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