Charges Against Suspect to be Filed
DRACUT – Police Chief Peter Bartlett, Fire Chief David Brouillette and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey report that the fire that destroyed two cruisers behind the Dracut Police station earlier this week was intentionally set.
The person believed to be responsible does not pose a public safety risk at this time and Dracut Police are expected to file charges against the woman in the coming days.
A joint investigation by the Dracut Police Department, Dracut Fire Department, and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal determined that an accelerant was used to ignite one cruiser at about 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Sept. 15, causing catastrophic damage to that vehicle and the one next to it. Dracut Police officers were responding to multiple emergency calls simultaneously at the time of the incident.
Shortly after the incident, investigators spoke with a woman in the area of the scene and conducted an interview. Based on that interaction, she was transported to an area hospital for evaluation. Investigators are not seeking any other suspects in this case.
Because the woman has not yet been charged, her identity is unable to be released at this time.