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Joint investigation by the MA State Police Fire Investigation and Explosions Unit, the Lawrence Fire Department Fire Prevention Unit Lawrence Police Detective Unit leads to an individual responsible for starting 4 fires has been identified.
OnTuesday September 11, 2018 following a joint investigation by the MassachusettsState Police Fire Investigation and Explosions Unit, the Lawrence FireDepartment Fire Prevention Unit and the Lawrence Police Detective Unit anindividual responsible for starting 4 fires on Nightingale Court has beenidentified. William Larochelle age 51 ofLawrence was arrested and charged with the following:
BurningPersonal Property (couch)
BurningMotor Vehicle (2 Counts- Recreational Vehicle)
BurningMotor Vehicle (Volkswagen Jetta)
Burningof a Building (#2 Nightingale Court)
Burningof Personal Property (brush at rear of #2 Nightingale Court)
Aspart of the investigation MPS Trooper Mike Sweet and LPD Detective HaroldRogers conducted several interviews with witnesses, as well as withLarochelle. Additionally, Trooper Sweet,Detective Rogers, Fire-Fighter Pat Ruiz, Joe Maloney viewed surveillance videofrom several locations. LFD Captain PatDelaney, Lieutenant Michael Armano and MSP Sgt. Bossi of MSP FEIU and deployedhis Accelerant Detection K-9 Maya, as well as Trooper Robert Quigley (MSP CSSS)were also part of the investigation that led to Larochelle’s arrest.