Two arsons at Barrington home in less than 24 hours

By: News Staff

BARRINGTON, R.I. — For the second time in less than 24 hours fire crews responded to a vacant Barrington home.

The State Fire Marshall is now involved as both fires have been deemed suspicious.

Firefighters were back on the scene Thursday at 2 Northwest Passage in Barrington. It is the second time fire and police have descended on the quiet suburban street in the past day.

A minor fire in the home Wednesday morning had fire officials investigating a possible arson, but now after another blaze was set in the early morning hours on Thursday, both fires are being treated as suspicious.

“Obviously it’s a little bit different. To think somebody would strike again on the same dwelling during a 24 hour period so it’s certainly out of the ordinary,” said Chief Gerald Bessette of the Barrington Police Department.

The home, vacant but renovated, has been on the market for the last six months and listed at nearly a half a million dollars. There were no obvious signs of a break in, which leaves investigators searching for clues.

“We have no forced entry. Nobody is living in it. It’s my understand it was under contract to be sold so we are looking into this all as an arson and treating it as a criminal investigation,” said Chief John Lacross; Barrington Police Department.

The State Fire Marshal is asking anyone with information about what may have set these fires to contact their tip-line (401) 383-7723.

Police tape will remain up at the home throughout the day as fire officials continue their investigation. Police will also be increasing patrols in the neighborhood throughout the night.

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