Boston: Fires for Fired Firemen

For 14 hellish months during 1982 and 1983, in five Massachusetts counties, 163 buildings were burned, all of them at night. Almost no type of structure was spared: churches, factories, restaurants, a Marine Corps barracks and even the Massachusetts Fire Academy in Stow. The fires were set deliberately, and earned Boston, where most of the burnings occurred, the title of Arson Capital of the U.S. Baffled city officials said "anything" might be behind the mysterious torchings. Last week, after a two-year investigation, a federal grand jury indicted seven arson suspects, including two...

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