Clinton St. fire investigation nets arrest of Cambridge man


CAMBRIDGE — A joint investigation by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the Cambridge Police Department has resulted in several charges being brought against Reginald Allen Jr., 31. The 7:11 p.m. incident originally occurred on Sept. 27, 2015 at 507 Clinton St. in Cambridge. Five local fire departments responded to the scene with nearly 30 firefighters and controlled the one alarm blaze at the four unit, two story apartment structure. The fire was brought under control within an hour after arrival on scene.

Two occupants were inside the structure at the time of the fire with one victim receiving non-life threatening burn injuries while exiting the building and was subsequently transported to Dorchester General Hospital for treatment and released. The second victim was uninjured. Working smoke alarms alerted the residents of the fast moving fire.

Investigators determined a fire was intentionally set on the first floor rear porch spreading upward and outward, causing approximately $40,000 in damage to the structure and contents. The intensive investigation quickly developed Allen as the suspect. He was taken into custody Oct. 8 at his residence on Charles Street in Cambridge without incident. He was transported to the Dorchester County Detention Center on charges of: Arson 1st Degree, Arson 2nd Degree, Malicious Burning 1st Degree, Attempted Murder 1st Degree, Attempted Murder 2nd Degree, (2) counts Assault 1st Degree, (2) counts Assault 2nd Degree, Attempted 1st Degree Assault, (2) counts Reckless Endangerment,(2) counts Attempted Reckless Endangerment, Burglary 4th Degree, Malicious Destruction of Property (over $1,000), and 2 counts Malicious Destruction of Property (under $1,000).

If convicted of all charges, Allen faces up to 211 years – 180 days imprisonment and/or $113,500 in fines. He is currently held without bond and is awaiting a bond hearing.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is an agency of the Department of State Police dedicated to helping protect citizens from fire and explosion through a comprehensive program of education, inspection, investigation and fire protection engineering. For more information on fire safety call 1-800-525-3124, log onto our website at: and/or

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