Up to $5,000 Reward Offered to Identify Possible Arson Suspect in Sutton Drive-In Fire

 by TWIW StaffMay 3, 2022

SUTTON - A $5,000 reward is available for anyone that comes forward with information identifying the person or persons responsible for Sunday's four-alarm fire at the former Sutton Motor-In Drive-in.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Sutton Fire Department, Sutton Police Department, and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office.

The fire was reported just after 4:30 PM on Sunday by motorists on Rt. 146. The fire consumed several acres of brush on the roadway and destroyed the drive-in's screen tower. Companies from Millbury, Grafton, Uxbridge, Douglas, Northbridge, Auburn, Mendon, Webster, Oxford, and the Department of Conservation & Recreation responded to the fire.

The fire was finally extinguished at 9:19 PM.

Charlton and Leicester fire departments provided station coverage during the incident.

Officials are asking anyone with information on the fire to share it with investigators.

“Our goal right now is to gather as much information as possible,” said Sutton Fire Chief Matthew Belsito. “You can remain anonymous if you wish.”

The Arson Watch Reward Program provides rewards of up to $5,000 for information that helps to detect or prevent an arson fire. The confidential hotline can be reached by calling 1-800-682-9229.


Lead image courtesy: Massachusetts Department of Fire Services/Facebook

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