• Fire official: Fire at Raynham dog park was intentionally set


    RAYNHAM (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) Fire officials say a fire at the old Raynham dog track was intentionally set.

    The Raynham fire chief gave FOX 25 an update on the investigation late Tuesday morning. He's asking for the public's help, telling them to be aware of what is going on around them and to call detectives if they noticed any vehicles coming from the area.

    The state fire marshal and the ATF were working alongside firefighters at the scene overnight. The blaze broke out around 9:30 Monday night at a structure behind the main building.

    The building was unoccupied. It was a wooden building once used as a lounge for dog racers and as a place for dogs to rest. There were no injuries reported.

    Officials across the south shore have been investigating more than a dozen other fires in unoccupied buildings that were set by an arsonist late at night. Monday night's fire has not been linked to those cases of arson.

    The Raynham track held live dog racing until 2008 when a state ban went into effect. Now owners say Raynham Park is putting up a bid for the state's lone slots parlor. The Taunton Gazette reports the park's owners will rival Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville in pursuit of the license.

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