The Fore River Bridge had to be closed Saturday morning after a fire was reported at 6:40 a.m. in a commercial building at 138 Bridge Street. The building also has an apartment in the rear.
Upon arrival, fire crews reported that the building was “fully engulfed”. A witness reported seeing a man start the fire and directed police officers to the suspect who was fleeing south on Bridge Street. Officers apprehended 44 year old Jon Fernald of Rockland in the vicinity of 180 Bridge Street.
Officers reported that Fernald had suffered severe burns. He was taken to South Shore Hospital and then later transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital. Fernald is now under arrest and charged with arson of a dwelling.
The tenants of the apartment got out safely and no firefighters suffered any injuries. The American Red Cross responded to assist the tenants of the apartment.
The bridge was reopened Saturday afternoon.
It took fire crews about nine hours to clear the scene, and authorities will be back there investigating on Monday.