Officials Say 10-Alarm Waltham Fire Was Intentionally Set

Claudine Rigal
Août 11, 2017

A blaze that destroyed a large apartment complex under construction in suburban Boston has been ruled arson.

"We have determined that the fire was intentionally set, " state Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said during an afternoon briefing.

"The investigation commenced early on that Sunday morning and progressed throughout the time".

In a press conference Thursday, officials announced that the 10-alarm blaze, which reduced the 264-unit building to rubble on July 23, is now being investigated as a case of arson. The building's owners and general contractor are offering a $100,000 reward for information. But investigators have revised that finding, and now say they're sure the fire was no accident.

Waltham Police Chief Keith MacPherson says fires of this size are serious, but when it's arson, "But certainly a fire of this size-an arson fire-generates a lot more concern".

Officials said the fire caused an estimated $110 million in damage.

"One of the early injuries we had was just from someone when one of our firetrucks was pulling up to the scene and he said he was burned by the radiant heat", Ciccone said. That as well as the wood construction of the buildings may have caused the complex to burn faster, investigators suggested.

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