Woman in Custody After Setting Trash Can Ablaze at Polk Street Apartments

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at approximately 02:00 hours, the Boston Fire Department and Boston Police officers assigned to District A-15 and A-1 responded to reports of a trash fire in an apartment stairwell at 25 Polk Street. The fire was believed to be started intentionally.

Upon arrival, Boston firefighters immediately began working to extinguish the flames. The trash that was on fire was dangerously blocking the stairwell door and presented a hazard to residents inside. Fortunately, the fire was mainly isolated to the trash can which it was started in, and they were able to quickly put it out. No one inside the apartment building was injured.

After speaking to witnesses on scene they quickly became confident in the fact that this was arson. Eventually, they were able to identify a female suspect who had remained on scene and she was taken into custody. According to sources on the scene, this was at least the second arson she’s committed in recent memory. Her name has not yet been released.

Police in conjunction with Boston FIU are still investigating this incident and there is no further information at this time. Detectives from District A-15 are actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Any individuals with information can contact District A-15 Detectives at 617-343-4248.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help this investigation in an anonymous manner.