SOMERVILLE – A Certain Brook man accused of setting a massive fire that destroyed four downtown buildings there Sunday has been ordered by a choose to stay in jail.


Tremendous Courtroom Choose Kevin Shanahan on Friday morning cited hazard to the group as a purpose Juan Hector Padilla ought to stay behind bars.

Padilla had written several Facebook posts referencing fires that involved the choose.

Padilla stays on the Somerset County Jail.


In court docket, prosecutors stated the hearth trigger about $50 million in harm.


Padilla is due again in court docket in March for a pre-indictment convention.

Padilla, 28, was arrested and charged Tuesday with aggravated arson and hindering apprehension in reference to beginning the seven-alarm hearth that raged for hours within the borough’s downtown and was seen from neighboring cities.

Cameras within the space apparently captured footage of Padilla strolling a number of occasions within the space of the Meridia Downtown constructing below development. The Meridia constructing was one in all two five-story residence buildings destroyed by the hearth together with two different buildings on Primary Road.


A six-unit boarding home and a four-unit residence constructing have been broken as the hearth unfold throughout Primary Road.

Residents who have been displaced by the hearth have been assisted by the Pink Cross, the native Salvation Military and a number of other GoFundMe campaigns.



Suzanne Russell is a breaking information reporter for overlaying crime, courts and different mayhem. To get limitless entry, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.

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