Last night, December 4, at approximately 02:00 hours, a 911 call came into District B-2 Police officers reporting that a man set a fire outside of the New England Seafood restaurant on Gerard Street in Roxbury. The caller claims that the suspect fled immediately afterwards.
The Boston Fire Department responded to the scene alongside B-2 Police units. The fire appeared to be small, but was quickly spreading up the side of the building and creating smoke. Police believe that the fire was initially started on a pile of trash outside of New England Seafood.
Firefighters quickly scaled the building with ladders and hoses and successfully knocked the fire down. Upon further inspection, the back of the building appeared to have sustained some damage from the smoke, but the damage costs are not yet known. There were also multiple piles of trash and debris behind the building where most of the damage occurred.
Police then began scanning the area for the possible suspect. Since the suspect had fled the area by the time responders got to the scene, they have not yet been located and no arrests were made.
Police are still investigating this incident and there is no further information at this time. The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact B-2 Detectives at (617) 343-4275.
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.