Reward issued in arson fire that destroyed Rose Kennedy cars

Eight buildings, construction trailer, were set on fire New Year's Day

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Arson Squad is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that will lead them to whoever started a New Year’s Day fire that destroyed two classic cars once owned by Kennedy family matriarch Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

The two 1964 Pontiac Grand Prixs burned in the early morning fire at Eastern General Contracting on Berkshire Avenue. A total of eight storage buildings and a construction trailer were set on fire, department spokesperson Dennis Leger said.

On Thursday, Leger told 22News that offering a reward results in the apprehension and conviction of suspects about 33% of the time. Two posters, in English and Spanish, are now posted on the property alerting passersby of the reward.

Rose Kennedy was the wife of former Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, and mother of nine children, including President John F. Kennedy, former Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and Senator Edward Kennedy.

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