An arsonist in Northampton, MA set at least nine seperate fires in the early morning hours of December 27th 2009. Two people identified as Paul Yeskie Senior, 81, and his son Paul Yeskie Junoir, 39, were killed when their Fair Street residence was among the structures burned. The Hampshire County DA and state medical examiner are ruling the deaths a homicide.
The State Fire Marshall announced a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist while the Northampton Rotary Club is raising funds to match the state's reward money. A fund for those affected by the fires has also been set up at hampshirecountycares.com