Taunton police make arrest in arson investigation

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TAUNTON, MA (WLNE)- Police have arrested and charged a Taunton man with intentionally setting five fires in the city last week, Police Chief Edward Walsh announced Monday.

Derek Lindsay, 46, is believed to have set the five fires within the span of two hours between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning last week.

Four of the five fires were on Weir Street and another was on Leonard Court.

Silver City Gas and Art’s International Bakery were among the locations on Weir Street that were apart of the five fires set by Lindsay.

All five fires were able to be quickly knocked down and extinguished, according to the Taunton Fire Department.

Due to the fire damage to the electrical system at the bakery, four residents living in two apartments above were temporarily displaced.

No injuries were reported.

Lindsay was charged with the following:

  • Arson of a Dwelling (Three Counts)
  • Burning Personal Property (Two Counts)
  • Breaking and Entering a Building in the Nighttime for a Felony

“This was great work by our Detective Unit to develop this individual as our suspect and place him under arrest, all within days of the fires,” Chief Walsh said. “I want to commend our detectives for quickly solving this case and I would also like to thank the many members of our business community who willingly shared security surveillance footage that played a major part in our investigation.”

Lindsay was arraigned Monday at Taunton District Court.

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