Brockton mayor's SUV set on fire

Police are searching for an arsonist who tried to torch the Brockton mayor's city-owned SUV at his rental home. (WBTS)

Police are searching for an arsonist who tried to torch a Massachusetts mayor's city-owned SUV.

State fire officials said someone set fire to the vehicle at Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter's rental home in the city Friday night.

The Department of Fire Services said the fire in the 2015 Ford Explorer burned itself out and caused minor damage before it was discovered Saturday.

The Enterprise reported that Carpenter was on a trip to Cape Verde and returned on Wednesday.

Carpenter said he needs to find out more about what happened before commenting on the fire.

The state fire marshal said it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that helps solve the case.

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