Arsonist gets 12 years for 2012 mill fire

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – The man charged with setting fire to a Fall River mill back in 2012 was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison after his Wednesday conviction.

Christopher Silva, 40, of Fall River, was the arsonist behind a fire that broke out Jan. 3, 2012 near the King Phillip Mills on Kilburn Street. The fire broke out around 2:50 a.m. at a smaller mill located across the street from the larger King Phillip Mill.

According to police, three firefighters sustained injuries battling the flames, but crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to the larger mill site.

An investigation led police to name Silva as a person of interest. During an initial interview with Silva, arson investigators said they noticed “an odor of petroleum” on him. Police said Silva attempted to flee during the interview, but he was then taken into custody.

He was convicted of arson on Friday and will serve his sentence at Cedar Junction.

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