Crews Fight Two Fires In Fall River

A multi-family home in Fall River went up in flames. One of the men who lives there is accused of setting it. That was the first fire crews responded to. A few hours later, They raced to flames burning at an old courthouse. This wasn't arson, but firefighters needed extra help.

Two fires in Fall River Monday, just two and a half miles apart. The first was arson. Flames broke out around one o'clock in a multi-family home on Tremont Street.

“It got into the walls, went up in the attic, a lot of pockets all over the place,” said District Chief James Bernardo, “It's just tough to chase.”

Police said 45-year-old Patrick Deloge, who lived on the first floor,  started the fire. He was arrested almost immediately. It's the third arson in two months.  

“That is a major concern of the police departments,” said Mayor Will Flanagan, “It's a concern of the citizens. It's also a concern for me as the mayor of the community.”

Less than two hours after that  fire, another call came in. The old courthouse on North Main Street caught fire.

“When I first came, there were still flames in the window,” said Chief Ambrose Smith, “I called for an additional pump. They had to send mutual aid from either Swansea or Somerset.”

The building is vacant right now. Work is being done to turn it into a children's museum.       Museum president Jo-Ann Sbrega was relieved the fire was put out fast.

“We have great expectations for what this building is going to turn into, so a little fire like this isn't going to hold us off,” said Sbrega.

It shouldn't be much of a set back. The first floor has a little water damage. Investigators are still looking into what caused it.