Weymouth police had been looking for Robert Swart since an arrest warrant was issued June 14th on charges including rape and indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14 years old.
But when an officer on patrol spotted smoke just after 11AM Tuesday at Swart’s residence on Washington Street near the intersection of Route 53 and Route 18, he not only found the 84-year old man but also a vehicle on fire.
According to Weymouth Fire Chief Robert Leary, the fire was contained to the vehicle which was parked in a make-shift garage and it did not spread to Swart’s home. It took about twenty minutes to extinguish the flames but required a very brief road shut down around 11:30AM to allow access to fire hydrants.
“Firefighters extinguished the fire–contained it to this garage/storage area. It took a while. They overhauled and completely extinguished the fire. Firefighters did a great job in containing the fire and preventing it from spreading to the garage or the house,” said Chief Leary.
Weymouth fire and police officials said they are unsure how the car fire started but Police Captain Richard Fuller said Swart is in custody and now looking at additional charges involving the burning of property.
(561 Washington Street, Weymouth–Robert Swart’s home is located in the rear)