Asst. Chief: Arson likely cause of Attleboro building fire

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — While the cause of an early morning fire in Attleboro remains under investigation, the city’s assistant fire chief said it’s very likely the fire will be ruled arson.

The flames started just after 3:30 a.m. at the former Johnson Welding and Fabrication building near the intersection of Olive and County Streets.

Attleboro Assistant Fire Chief Glenn Livesey told Eyewitness News the vacant building had no electricity and was surrounded by a fence.

“The roof had collapsed and part of the wall had caved in,” he recalled. “It was just a single-story block building.”

He said he believes someone intentionally started the fire.

“I wouldn’t know of any way that fire could be unintentional,” said Livesey. “I think the investigators will be looking at this as being, initially, arson.”

Livesey said the building was set to be demolished and the fire “just made it easier.”

The building is owned by the Attleboro Redevelopment Authority, who said it will still be knocked down in the coming weeks. They hope the project will now cost less money to complete.

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