Barrows St. Fire

Public’s Help Sought on 5-Alarm Norton Mill Fire

Norton Fire Chief Shawn R. Simmons, Norton Police Chief Brian M, Clark, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey are asking for the public’s help in determining how last night’s 5-alarm fire at the vacant brick mill building at 138 Barrows Street started.

Chief Simmons said, “Someone knows whether the fire was intentionally set or accidentally set by people who were not authorized to be inside. Anyone with information is asked to confidentially call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229 or Norton Police Detectives at 508-285-3327.”

State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “All calls to the Arson Hotline are confidential and can be used to provide information on all fires, whether or not they were intentionally set.” The hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program that provides rewards of UP TO $5,000 for information that helps to solve the case, regardless of the cause. The program is sponsored by the property and casualty insurance companies of Massachusetts.

Investigators from the Norton Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal are jointly investigating this fire.