Chelsea Man Arrested for Hawthorne Street Arson

Today, the Chelsea Police arrested a local man for setting fire to a building at 28-30 Hawthorne St. Chelsea on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. The fire was set in an attached shed, which quickly spread to the rear porches causing an estimated ten thousand dollars in damage.

Edward Watson, 59, of Chelsea, has been charged with one count of burning a building, one count of breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, and one count of trespassing. The 2-alarm fire occurred at 1:30 in the afternoon. The shed was on the property of a 4-story apartment building that was undergoing renovations. No one was injured in this fire.

The fire was jointly investigated by the Chelsea Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The investigative team determined that the fire was intentionally-set. They said that the community itself was very helpful in solving this case.

The case will be prosecuted by the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.