There is still cleaning to be done at a burned-out building in Brockton, Massachusetts — the aftermath of a fire authorities believe was started by a serial arsonist a week ago.
Firefighters were called to 175 East Ashland St. last Wednesday for a fire they say Mark Sargent of Fall River started.
Behind the glass in court Tuesday, with his hands cuffed, he pleaded not guilty. But for Brockton Fire Chief Michael Williams, Sargent's past is overshadowing his plea.
"I've never encountered an arsonist at this level," said Williams.
Investigators say this wasn't Sargent's first fire, or second, or third, but possibly his 30th. Police have been following him. Court documents reveal investigators have tracked his cars and installed a camera on a pole outside his apartment in Fall River.