Suspects accused in Mass Pike fire will not face arson charges

Police say Thomas Law called for cab ride from Ludlow to Albany

LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Mass. State Police have determined that the two suspicious fires on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Sturbridge and Warren, Monday morning, were not intentionally set.

An investigation by the State Police determined that materials in a commercial vehicle were ignited by an accident but were improperly disposed of. Which means the suspects will not face arson charges; instead they will be charged in connection to their improper disposal of the burning material.

According to State Police Media Relations, troopers received the report of a truck fire on the westbound side of the Mass Pike in Sturbridge just after 11:30 A.M., but when they got there, there was no truck; only a burning pile of paint cans and other debris. Shortly after that, police received another report of a similar fire along the Pike in Warren.

Troopers then received information that a truck believed to be connected to the fires, a Chevrolet 2500 with ladder racks, had pulled into the Ludlow Plaza. Troopers approached the truck, and arrested 53-year-old Albert Lenzi of Troy, New York. A man who was with Lenzi in the truck, 36-year-old Thomas Law, was later arrested after escaping out the back gate of the service plaza.

Troopers and Ludlow police were searching Law for hours, until they were informed that a man at a nearby general store had called a cab company asking how much money it would cost to take a 75-mile taxi ride back to upstate New York. Fernanda Gomes, the owner of Uncle Bob’s General Store on East Street told 22News that the suspect had indeed come into the store and asked to use the telephone.

Lenzi was charged with Depositing Flaming Material On Or Near Open Fields, Operating With A Suspended License (4th Offense), Improper Disposal Of Trash, and Disorderly Conduct.  He is being held at the State Police Barracks in Charlton on $540.00 bail.

Law will be summonsed for Depositing Flaming Material On Or Near Open Fields, Improper Disposal Of Trash, and Disorderly Conduct.

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