Updated 9/17 at 4:30 pm
UPDATE: Dracut Police Chief Peter Bartlett on Friday said the cause of the fire was determined as arson
A woman, who police believe set the fire, was taken to an area hospital for a mental health evaluation. Charges against her are expected to be filed in the coming days.
“The fire that destroyed two cruisers behind the Dracut Police station earlier this week was intentionally set,” Bartlett said.
DRACUT, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – Dracut police are investigating a fire that broke out behind their own station and destroyed two patrol cruisers.
A woman was evaluated at a hospital after she was found inside the police station following the fire. She was later considered a person of interest.
The fire broke out around 9:00 Wednesday night. Police were notified when someone called in reporting a fire in the parking lot behind Dracut Police Station on Loon Hill Road.
Officers found one cruiser fully engulfed in flames with another parked next to it, heavily damaged by the heat.
Firefighters put out the flames and the police department is now forced to work with two fewer cruisers.
No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing.
WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) has the story: