Reward offered for information on Palmer arson fire

Employees were able to return to work at Bell Simons Co. building

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – Arson investigators say someone set Monday night’s fire in Palmer. Police need your help solving this crime.

Tuesday afternoon, 22News was notified that the State Fire Marshal’s Office is offering a reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest in this arson. “We don’t need to lose buildings or employment. That’s not a good thing for a community or our economy,” said Palmer Fire Chief Alan Roy.

Employees at Bell Simons were able to return to work Tuesday morning, after a fire burned part of company building in Palmer. The company distributes heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. 22News was there shortly after it started around 8:00 Monday night.

“It’s kind of unbelievable, we got the call form the alarm companies, they responded. And then all the employees were texting me and calling me. They were hearing different things,” said Richard Nelson, Bell Simon Co. Regional Manager.

Some products were burned, but Palmer Fire Chief Roy told 22News the building itself didn’t have much damage.

Less than 24 hours after the fire, a company was already replacing the sprinkler heads, which firefighters said were very effective in saving most of the equipment inside the building and allowing employees to come back to work on Tuesday. Chief Roy said firefighters found several small fires behind the building, which usually means they were set on purpose. He said he hopes this doesn’t become a recurring problem.

“We had a quite a few fires and a lot of them were arson and some were solved and some weren’t but I think we have a decrease and I think it’s because of the public’s help and I think because of social media,” Chief Roy told 22News.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in this fire. You can anonymously report a tip to police about this fire by calling Palmer Police at 413-283-8792 or Palmer Fire Department at 413-283-3861 extension 112.

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