Police in a Boston suburb are investigating the circumstances around a suspicious fire at a rabbi’s home and are looking for someone spotted on a neighbor’s surveillance video.
According to a statement Wednesday, firefighters and police responded to the Arlington home on Lake Street at about 11 p.m. Saturday after the homeowner called to say the fire alarms went off and he smelled smoke. Responders found the homeowners, Rabbi Avi Burkiet, his wife and 3 children, waiting inside a car in the driveway.
Firefighters found a small fire on the exterior wood shingles and quickly extinguished it. Damage was minor and no one was hurt.
Rabbi Burkiet tells WFXT-TV the fire was “unsettling,” but he hasn’t received any threats and he doesn’t want to jump to conclusions.
Arlington Police released video from a neighbor’s home that appears to show someone walking away from the rabbi’s home at the approximate time of the fire.
The fire was deemed suspicious. Police are investigating if the home was targeted, as it doubles as the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Arlington, a well-known place in the community for religious services and education.
“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions at this point,” Rabbi Bukiet said. “Let’s wait and see what happens and what is the source of this.”
Bukiet says his synagogue hasn’t received any threats. Since the fire, Bukiet says, community leaders have offered their support to his family.
Anyone with information on this incident, or who recognizes the individual in the surveillance video, is asked to contact the Arlington Police Department at 781-643-1212.
(AP / YWN World Headquarters – NYC)