Two early morning fires in Somerville under investigation
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WHDH) -- Two early morning fires in Somerville have people wondering whether it's a coincidence. Investigators say the first fire seemed to have started near a couch on a front porch.
"I woke up smelling smoke, tried to figure out if it was our building or the next building," said Tom Boodry who escaped the fire.
“The whole front porch second floor porch and third floor and front of the house,” said Mike Doherty who saw the flames.
“Stunned. I never expected to wake up to that in a million years and it was outside my window,” said Brett Fischler who lives next door.
Investigators believe the fire started on the front porch of this triple-decker home and enough warning to make college students living nearby change their habits.
“The couch and whole second floor was engulfed in flames,” Doherty said.
“It is scary. This is 85 Bromfield and we live at 86 Bromfield. It could happen to anybody,” said Ray Bjorkman who also lives next door.
A few minutes later smoke filled another apartment house after a parked car somehow went up in flames.
"The two this morning could be anything. We don't rule them anything until we talk to investigators. They have a lot of work to do,” said Chief Kevin Kelleher, Somerville Fire Dept.
Both fires come on the heels of three recent unsolved arson cases in Somerville and three other suspicious fires. State fire investigators are now looking at whether these are accidents or if they could all be related.
“We have heard a lot about the rumors lately and I’ve doing research on my own. It is not the most comforting thing in the world,” Fischler said.
No one was hurt in either fire but there have been increased police patrols as a result.
Investigators are still working on the cause of both fires, and they're searching for the person or people responsible for at least three recent Somerville arson cases. A $15,000 reward is being offered to anyone who has information that leads to an arrest and prosecution.