Plymouth Man Indicted for MSPCA Fire

William Fitzgerald charged - Fire had caused $400,000 in damages
And William S. Burke gets 1 year and $107k restitution for hospital theft

South Shore Hospital worker sentenced for embezzlement

A former administrator at South Shore Hospital has been sentenced to serve a year in federal prison for embezzling $200,000. William S. Burke of Plymouth was also sentenced yesterday to 2 years of probation, and ordered to make an additional $107,000 in restitution... FoxTV.

A 52 year old man from Plymouth, William Fitzgerald, was indicted Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of arson, willful and wanton destruction of property, and injury to a firefighter due to a blaze at the MSPCA Boston headquarters.  He is to be arraigned Thursday in court.

The fire was set on February 19th at 350 South Huntington Avenue, home to many abandoned and sick animals.  At the time of the fire, there were about 230 animals in the building, as well as veterinary workers.  Luckily, no animals or people were harmed in the blaze.

Mr. Fitzgerald was a former building and grounds manager at the MSCPA and for a long time was a respected employee there.  The fire caused about $400,000 in damage.  "We're all extremely lucky that no lives were lost," District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.  "There was a very real potential for injuries and much, much worse"... Globe.

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