A Dorchester woman was arrested today on charges she set a Mora Street three decker on fire this morning, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Nikia Rivera, 45, was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court on a charge of arson of a dwelling. Judge Erika Reis ordered her sent to a DMH facility in Worcester for an evaluation.
The DA's office provided this account:
At about 11:20 a.m. today officers were dispatched to a building fire at 74 Mora Street in Dorchester. A witness to the fire told officers that Rivera told him “I’m sorry, I had to do it” before leaving the scene on foot. Officers later made contact with Rivera. She told them “I had to do it. That house is haunted. I lit the house on fire.” She further told booking officers: “The devil made me do it, there are ghosts in my house.”
The three-family house is owned by a Brockton man, according to city and state records.