Westborough Fire Department Responds After Fire is Set at Westborough Police Station; Person of Interest in Custody
WESTBOROUGH, MA - Fire Chief Patrick Purcell and Police Chief Todd Minardi report that the Westborough Fire Department responded to the Westborough Police Department on Sunday evening, November 26th, after a fire was allegedly set in the police station lobby.
A person of interest was located after a thorough police search, and that person has been detained at this time by the Westborough Police Department.
At 8:20 P.M. Sunday, the Westborough Fire Department received a report from a police officer about a fire in the police station, located at 45 West Main St. Firefighters arrived within minutes and found a smoldering fire being held in check by the building's sprinkler systems, as well as a heavy smoke condition in the lobby.
The police station was evacuated. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and ventilated the building. No one was injured. Policing operations, including patrol, remained operational.
After a search, which included police K-9 units and police drones, a person of interest was located and taken into custody. That person's name is not being released at this time.
The incident remains under investigation by the Westborough Fire Department, Westborough Police Department, the State Fire Marshal's Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
There was minimal fire damage to the building, but the sprinkler system caused significant water damage. Chief Purcell estimated the damage at $250,000.