Dorchester Man Arraigned on Charges in Connection with Arson in Everett

For Immediate Release April 17, 2013
Contact: Press Office

MALDEN – A Dorchester man was arraigned today on charges of arson for allegedly setting a fire at a three-family home in Everett, where several residents had to be evacuated, Middlesex Acting District Attorney Michael Pelgro informed the public today.

Alfred Jordan, 32, of Dorchester was arraigned today in Malden District Court on charges of arson and attempting to commit a crime to wit murder (four counts).  Malden District Court Judge Johnson ordered the defendant held on $10,000 cash bail.  In addition, his bail was revoked on an open case out of Norfolk County.

The defendant’s next court date is May 21 for a probable cause hearing.

“This is a troubling case of domestic violence where the defendant not only attempted to harm his girlfriend by setting two fires but also by putting many others at risk,” Acting DA Pelgro said. “This defendant’s actions endangered the lives of several people, caused residents to lose their home and injured a firefighter.”

On March 28, 2013, the Everett Fire Department responded to 187 Elm St. for a report of a fire.  The three-family home was occupied by a four residents, including a man with one leg who had to be rescued by fire officials.  Working smoke alarms helped prevent injuries to any of the four occupants of the building where the fire started.  One firefighter was injured.  The home was destroyed and the fire caused an estimated $350,000 in damages and spread to three additional residences and one commercial building, according to the state fire marshal.

According to authorities and the state fire marshal, the fire was intentionally set by the application of an open flame to an ignitable liquid.  An investigation was launched.

It is alleged that in the early morning hours of March 28, Jordan set a fire at 227 Washington St. in Chelsea following an argument with his girlfriend at that location.  It is alleged that Jordan then traveled to Everett and started the fire there, having known that his girlfriend was staying with a friend who lived in that residence.

He has been charged in Suffolk County for the fire in Chelsea.

The case is being investigated by Everett Police, Chelsea Police, State Police investigators assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and fire investigators from Everett and Chelsea fire departments.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Beth Dunigan.  The Victim Witness Advocate is Rani Scott.

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