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By Katina Caraganis


SHIRLEY — The state Fire Marshal’s Office determined that a fire that burned an SUV and a porch at 21 Longley Road early Tuesday morning was set.

Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman with state Fire Marshal Steve Coan’s office, said Wednesday that officials from the office were called out to the scene and determined it had been intentionally set, but declined to give any more information.

“So now we move from the cause-and-origin phase of the investigation,” she said. “It’s being investigated by the Shirley fire and police departments and the state police assigned to the state Fire Marshal’s Office.”

Shirley Fire Chief Dennis Levesque said crews were called to the home just before 3 a.m. Tuesday, and on arrival found a fully-involved car fire and a fire on the front porch.

“It seems suspicious just because it was two separate fires. The car was far enough away from the porch that it didn’t spread as the car fire intensified,” he said Wednesday morning.

Shirley’s assessors records show the home is owned by Kathryne Walsh, and Levesque said she lives at the home with her son.

“The car (a 2008 Ford Escape) was fully involved on our arrival. The fire on the porch was small, and there was minimal damage. The window on the porch broke and there was a loud bang. That’s what woke them up,” Levesque said. “They came downstairs and saw it through another window. They threw a couple buckets of water on the porch before we arrived and it was pretty much extinguished by the time we got there.”

No mutual aid was required and no injuries were reported.

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