Follow Up: Authorities continue to pursue explanation for fire at House speaker's Warwick law office

  • Source: The Providence Journal - Metered Site
  • Published: 06/03/2021 11:11 AM

Authorities continue to look into potential leads that might explain the origins of a fire that destroyed House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi's law office on May 11. The state fire marshal classified the cause of the fire as "undetermined" last week. On Thursday, emphasizing that the marshal is leading the investigation, Warwick police Chief Brad Connor confirmed that investigators had looked into an online post that has drawn some attention. The post was published Sunday on a website that says it serves anarchist movements. The post itself is presented as the verbatim claim of someone who, in an email to the site, took responsibility for setting fire to Shekarchi's office. The information in the email "does not jibe with what happened at the scene" and "it's not an avenue that we think will come to fruition," Connor said. Investigators are taking all information seriously, including the information in the email, he said.


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