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Increasingly brazen arsonist sets four more cars on fire in small part of Allston

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:

Thank goodness for the old Chinese lady next door with the garden hose. I can't believe someone is so crazy to set cars on fire for fun.

The Boston Fire Department reports the first fires, shortly before 8 a.m. behind 24 Pratt St., completely consumed two cars and damaged a third. As crews were dealing with that, they were alerted to the other fire, behind 33 Pratt St.

At least nine cars have now been torched since mid-August in the area tucked between the train tracks and the BU campus. Arson investigators are on the case; ask anybody in the Pratt/Ashford area who sees something to say something by calling 617-343-3324.

Torched cars. Photo by BFD.Torched cars on Pratt Street. Photo by BFD.

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So messed up, what a crazy asshole. Especially because this is one part of town where you can reliably find free weekly parking...time to start looking elsewhere..

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maybe you are confused?

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At least some of these cars look to be parked off-street, unless the street goes right up to the building walls.

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Every car that's been torched was parked off-street - mostly not even just in a driveway, but in a parking area behind a house. And as stated above, all of the street parking in the neighborhood is either metered or neighborhood permit only.

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One of the amazing things about this is that this happened in the daylight hours. How the hell is it that no one saw anything? Isn't it past time for the BPD to erect some modular cameras down there?

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From the article the fire was started near 8am. That area is mostly college students; not many of them get up before noon on Saturday.

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Hey that's me in the top photo, the guy with the yellow baseball cap worn backwards. I was photographing these fires. Please see my photos at pictureboston.com
Thanks,
Mark

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You look pretty well put together, to be honest. That is refreshing. What bars do you frequent? Maybe we can chat...

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I see you are proud of what you have done and like to take pictures of it!

Exciting, eh?

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What's the over/under on this being a pro-bike anti-car fanatic?

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Since the odds that it is a local psych job are high and an ecoterrorist nil.

Ecoterrorists torch dealerships, love.

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