Official: Fall River fire may have been intentionally set

Suspicious fire on Robeson Street in Fall River early Monday morning. (Photo courtesy: Justin White/WPRI)

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Police are investigating a suspicious fire at an apartment building that was damaged by another fire just one week ago.

The fire department was called to 295 Robeson Street at around 1:45 a.m. Monday.

District Fire Chief Scott Flannery believes the fire was intentionally set.

“We do have an arsonist in the city right now, he’s active, and hopefully we catch him and it won’t happen again,” he said.

The devastation to 295 Robeson Street has left firefighters unsure of whether or not the building is structurally sound or needs to come down for public safety.

“The best part was that it was a vacant building so no one got hurt,” said Flannery.

Richard Lambert’s grandmother lives in this house. “They lost everything in the house and now this. My grandmother is 93-years-old,” he said. “We came back today to try to get some of her memorial stuff that she has, there’s nothing now.”

There were also several suspicious fires in the same area back in August.

Investigators determined that a fire at a four-car garage fire on Robeson Street on Aug. 13 was a case of arson.

“I think there’s a good change that they’re related,” said Flannery.

However, they also found that a fire on Oct. 3 was not suspicious and was likely caused by an overheated motor.

That fire forced four families from their homes, leaving the building boarded up and vacant.

No fire-related injuries were reported.