• Man held without bail after allegedly setting Brockton home on fire

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    BROCKTON, Mass. - Police have arrested a person after a fire broke out at a Brockton home early Tuesday morning.

    Twelve people lived in the Highland Street home - and now need a new place to live. 

    Investigators were called to the home around 2:30 a.m., where they found a gasoline can out front.

    Soon after, Matthew Eldridge of Brockton was arrested.

    Eldridge faced a judge Tuesday where prosecutors say he poured gas on the home and lit it on fire because his wife was inside - who recently broke things off with him. 

    He is charged with arson and ordered held without bail.

    Everyone was able to safely escape, but the landlord told Boston 25 News his wife and another tenant were taken to a hospital but are expected to fully recover.

    The Red Cross is reportedly assisting those who were displaced as a result of the fire.

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