Police: Series of New Bedford fires might be connected

Fernando Godinho

Fernando Godinho says he still hopes no one intentionally set fire to his restaurant, The Roasted Pig.

"Maybe somebody pass by, they have a cigarette, make like this," Godinho said, tracing his hand along the burned siding on his building.

He closed the restaurant at 11 p.m. one night last week and got a call just hours later that his business was on fire.

Investigators with the New Bedford Fire Department say they're checking out what may have caused this fire, along with several others, including a construction company on Eugenia Street, a tire company off of Acushnet Avenue and The Lebanese Kitchen restaurant on Purchase Street.

That's where Gary Moujabber and his brother Andrew are trying to pick up the pieces. They, too, tell NBC 10 they're trying not to assume the worst.

"If it was an accident, I could be at terms with it much, much more," Gary Moujabber said. "It takes a special kind of person to do this."

Investigators say they don't know what caused any of the fires, but they believe they are suspicious.

"Have we seen this before? Yeah, in the past, we have," District Chief James Fortin said. "Going back to that - coincidental - sometimes it just happens that way."

Investigators are looking for help from anyone who may have seen or heard anything.

Anyone with information on these fires or any others is asked to call New Bedford's Fire Prevention Bureau at (508) 991-6120. Callers may leave their name and number or report information anonymously.