Police: Leominster Woman Tried To Burn Neighbor's House Down

LEOMINSTER (WBZ-AM) -- It was apparently not bad luck, but a bad neighbor that led to a Leominster home catching fire three times this month. 

Monday was the third time in two weeks they were called to the Douglas Avenue home--but this time, police had a wealth of evidence tying the blaze to a nearby neighbor, Linda Sbrogna

Lt. Michael Ciccolini of the Leominster Police Department told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl that Sbrogna was caught on video.

"The video shows a female later identified as Linda Sbrogna walking through a snow path that she previously used to the victim's house," he said.

Confronted with the evidence, Sbrogna confessed to detectives.

"Ms. Sbrogna turned over the lighter to the investigators that she indicated was used," Lt. Ciccolini said. "It was a hand-held lighter that she told detectives she used to place the carpet and light it on fire."

A detective's affidavit said there was a long-standing feud between Sbrogna and the victims over property lines and other issues.

The homeowners have been staying with relatives since the first of the blazes happened two weeks ago.  

Nobody was hurt in any of the three fires. It wasn't yet clear if Sbrogna confessed to those fires, too.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl reports

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