Officials investigating arson after brush fires set Sunday near Misquamicut Club

Officials investigating arson after brush fires set Sunday near Misquamicut Club

The Westerly Sun


WESTERLY — A Sunday brush fire along the edge of the golf course at The Misquamicut Club was intentionally set and police are following leads and reviewing surveillance video in an effort to identify the person involved, officials said Monday.

Westerly Police Capt. Shawn Lacey said the fire, which was reported around 8 p.m. in the area of Browning Road, had spread about 30 feet along a tree line near a portion of the golf course.

Lacey said firefighters with the Misquamicut Fire Department were able to extinguish the fire quickly, but discovered two separate points of origin — one appeared to be from a brush fire earlier that day — and evidence that the fires had been intentionally set.

“There was no way the fire would have been able to jump from one area to another,” he said. “Furthermore, there was a strong smell of gasoline and other evidence to support that the fire was caused by arson.”

Police did not say whether they had identified a suspect, but Lacey said Monday that the department has been aided by neighbors, including a man who spends summers at a home along Watch Hill Road.

Lacey said the man contacted police shortly after the fire was reported and after he was alerted by a remote security monitoring system on his property. He said police were reviewing the video, which shows an unknown person behind the man’s home.

The investigation remains active, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Westerly Police at 401-596-2022.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com


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