Arson arrest made in 2016 fire investigation

By: News Staff


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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I, (WLNE) – An East Providence resident has been arrested on arson charges from a 2016 fire.

On Monday the police department, fire department and the R.I State Fire Marshall’s office worked together to report the arrest of East Providence resident, 24-year-old Dakota Cronin.

Cronin has been charged with one count of 1st degree arson and three counts of 4th degree arson.

The charges stem from a 2016 fire where two neighboring houses had their cars set on fire at the intersection of East Knowlton Street and Earle Avenue.

The Earle Avenue fire started in a truck, spread to a boat that was parked next to it, then to the garage of the house.  The house was occupied when the fire started.

A neighbor from East Knowlton Street helped the Earle Avenue resident when he noticed the interior of his car, parked in his driveway, was also set on fire. He then rushed over to his vehicle to put it out.

A joint investigation was initiated by the R.I State Fire Marshall’s office and the fire department.

East Providence detectives were able to recover some physical evidence and send it to the state crime lab.

In March of this year, detectives were notified that a piece of evidence recovered belonged to Cronin.

That information, coupled with the details acquired through a lengthy investigation resulted in the arrest warrant for Cronin.

The police department wants to acknowledge and recognize the exceptional work from the detective division and all assisting agencies.

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