WESTFIELD, MA – A homeless man has been charged after Westfield police say he broke into a food truck and lit it on fire. Police Capt. Hipolito Nunez stated that Michael England, 22, set the fire on the passenger side of the truck Sunday night.
According to Nunez, around 11:00 P.M., England had been walking down Union Street with some friends, when he decided to enter the truck, which was parked near Brothers Custom Car Care. For reasons that the police are still looking into, he then allegedly started the fire.
Officers who were called to the area were able to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, Nunez said.
England was arraigned Tuesday in Westfield District Court on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime, and attempt to burn a motor vehicle.
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Officials are investigating a fire that destroyed a food truck last night in Bridgeport.
The fire started at the intersection of Barnum Avenue and Brooks Street at around 9:00 p.m. Firefighters say the truck had been vandalized on Thursday.
Authorities say the fire may have been intentionally set.
“Thursday night, they broke into it,” said owner Lorenzo Ely. “Stole all my food, my generator, and they came back last night and finished it off.”
Ely says that the most upsetting part of this incident is that the vehicle was brand new and a major investment.
No one was hurt in the fire, but firefighters say five other vehicles were also damaged.
Local businesses have set up a fund to help get Ely back on his feet:
The Lorenzo Ely Fire Recovery Fund
1219 Reservoir Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06606
Call : 203 395-8066
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