Cambridge man arrested in connection with suspicious Brookline Street fire


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. ( – A Cambridge man has been arrested in connection with a suspicious fire set on Brookline Street in Cambridge on Aug. 28.

At about 3:40 p.m. on Aug. 28, police responded to assist the Cambridge Fire Department with a suspicious fire set next to a building on Brookline Street.

The fire was set inside of two plastic recycling/trash receptacles placed directly against a wooden fence which also caught fire.

No one was injured during the fire.

Investigators deemed the fire suspicious and identified a suspect, 48-year-old Christopher Gropper, from surveillance video. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Officers on patrol outside of Central Square spotted Gropper and arrested him on a warrant for attempting to maliciously set fire to property. He was charged on warrants out of Cambridge District Court for malicious destruction of property over $250 and for burning or aiding in the burning of property.

Police continue to investigate other suspicious fire in the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 617-349-3300.