Arson Fire on Somerset Ave, Investigators Need Your Help!
On Thursday August 16, 2012 at approximately 12:03 AM, the Beverly Police and Beverly Fire Departments responded to 6 Somerset Ave for a report of a vehicle on fire. This is the second fire at this address in the last few months. On May 11, 2012 we responded to a garage fire at this address. That fire was believed to be accidental at the time. In last night's incident, the vehicle was found to have the gas cap removed and a rag hanging out of the gas tank. There were no injuries and there are no suspects at this time. Below is the joint press release by the State Fire Marshall's Office, and the Beverly Police and Fire Departments.
Official Press Release From State Fire Marshall's Office
State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Beverly Fire Chief Paul R. Cotter and Beverly Police Chief Mark A. Ray said their joint investigation into a car fire that occurred overnight has determined the fire was intentionally set. The 2006 Ford Fusion was parked in the driveway of 6 Somerset Avenue and the fire started around midnight. Investigators are asking if anyone in the community heard or saw something in the area around the time of the fire, that they contact either Beverly Police Detective Nicholson at 978-921-6046 x17, the Beverly Fire Department at 978-922-2424 or the statewide Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229. People can also contact the Beverly Police Department using their online tip page.
The Arson Hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program that provides rewards of up to $5,000 for information that helps to solve the case. All calls to the Arson Hotline are confidential and it is answered 24 hours a day. It is funded by the property and casualty insurance underwriters in Massachusetts.
The fire is being jointly investigated by State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal and members of the Beverly Fire and Police Departments.