- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Investigators are asking for the public’s help in determining the cause of a fire at an abandoned paper factory in Massachusetts.

The fire consumed the J. B. Paper Company, in Pittsfield, on Monday evening.

State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey and local police and fire officials are asking anyone with information about the fire to come forward confidentially. Investigators are trying to determine whether the fire was started intentionally.

Authorities say there was a history of people trespassing at the vacant building.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pittsfield police detectives or call the confidential, toll-free arson hotline. Authorities say the hotline is part of the Arson Watch Reward Program, which provides rewards of up to $5,000 for information that helps to solve fire cases.


Arson Hotline: 1-800-682-9229



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