Middleboro seems to have more than its share of arson arrests. A father and son team pled guilty to arson in February, last month a pair of teenagers were charged in an unrelated arson case, and Wednesday night a man was arrested for trying to torch his sister’s house.
Lt. Joseph M. Perkins says it’s a coincidence, not a crime trend.
Wednesday a family dispute escalated into arson when 60-year-old Michael Blais allegedly doused his sister Mary Chiuppi’s house with gasoline.
A family member tipped off police that Blais was planning to burn down his sister’s house in retaliation for a feud between the siblings.
Within minutes police made an arrest. Middleboro Police Lt. Joseph Perkins said Blais was charged with arson, and held without bail.
Fire Chief Lance Benjamino arrived on the scene as smoke billowed from the kitchen and living room. Benjamino rescued a tenant from an attached apartment who didn’t know the house was on fire.
Blais was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Wareham District Court.