Fourth Arson Fire of Summer in Somerville (MA)

A fire that broke out Friday morning in Somerville (MA) has been classified as an arson, the fourth such fire set in the city this summer, reports The Boston Globe.

The four confirmed arsons date to June 27, and five other suspicious fires remain under investigation. Four more have been ruled accidental.

The fire was reported at 6:40 a.m, officials said. The homeowner saw smoke coming into her kitchen from the porch, and she put out most of the fire herself. Firefighters finished extinguishing it by 6:45 a.m., said Lieutenant Derek Nolan of the Somerville Fire Department.

A reward offered by the City of Somerville for any information regarding the ongoing case has been raised from $10,000 to as much as $20,000.

The reward could rise to $25,000 because the Arson Watch Reward Program is offering up to an additional $5,000.

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