BELCHERTOWN/SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Webster has been arrested for several fires that occurred between March and June this year in Belchertown and Springfield.

According to a news release sent to 22News from the State Fire Marshal spokesperson Jake Wark, 58-year-old John J. Noga was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of burning of property and one count of arson of a dwelling for the following incidents:

  • March 29, 2022: A fire damaged the exterior of a building at 109 Stebbins St. in Belchertown. This fire was put out by the Belchertown Fire Department.
  • May 31, 2022: A fire burned trash and debris in a parking lot at 361 Taylor St. in Springfield. This fire was put out by the Springfield Fire Department.
  • June 1, 2022: A fire burned trash and debris in a parking lot at 361 Taylor St. in Springfield. This fire was put out by civilians.
  • June 1, 2022: Two separate fires burned brush in the area of 109 Stebbins St. in Belchertown. The first fire was put out by civilians and the second, a short time later, was put out by the Belchertown Fire Department.

“Fortunately, there were no injuries reported and no residents displaced in any of these incidents,” the fire service and law enforcement officials jointly stated. “But any of them could have grown into a dangerous or even deadly situation.”

The investigation was conducted in cooperation with the Belchertown Fire and Police departments; the Springfield Arson & Bomb Squad, comprised of firefighters and police detectives; and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office.