Deputy City Editor
Mike Bello has been deputy city editor at the Boston Globe for 12 years, covering crime, spot news and court arraignments.
■ HOUSE DESTROYED Several people were displaced after a fire tore through two homes in Hull on Wednesday night, fire officials said. Hull Deputy Fire Chief Bill Frazier said crews were called to 1131 Nantasket Ave. at approximately 8:54 p.m., and the fire spread to a second building next door. “All residents had evacuated prior to our arrival,” he said. Firefighters had the flames under control by 11:41 p.m., he said. The home at 1131 Nantasket Ave. was a total loss and the home at 1133 Nantasket Ave. sustained extensive damage and might be a total loss, he said. The damage was estimated to be in excess of $1 million, he said. The fire department is aware of four residents who were displaced, but there could be more, according to Frazier. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.
■ DEADLY FIRE A 61-year-old man died after a building fire broke out at approximately 1:30 a.m. Thursday at 26 Catawba St. in Roxbury, according to authorities. Five people were displaced by the fire, which caused approximately $500,000 in damages, according to a Fire Department tweet. No identity was released. The fire was extinguished around 2 a.m., officials said. Santa Troncoso, 47, who lives next door, said she was sleeping when the fire broke out and woke up when she heard noise outside. “I thought it was some type of fight or something,” she said. Then, her daughter saw flames coming from the second-floor apartment. “She’s like, ‘Mommy, the house is on fire!’” Troncoso quickly escaped with her children. “It was just unbelievable,” she said.
■ BANK CAPER Braintree police officers chased down a 37-year-old man who allegedly broke into a local bank early Monday, nabbing the suspect with the help of a canine, authorities said. In a statement, police identified the accused prowler as Stephen Reddy,of Plymouth. He allegedly broke into the Envision Bank branch at 1 Rockdale St. around 2 a.m., setting off the alarm. “The officer and other officers who arrived on scene pursued this person who was eventually apprehended with the assistance of a Braintree Police Canine,” a police statement said. Reddy now faces charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime and breaking into a depository, police said. It wasn’t clear if he had any bank currency on him at the time of his arrest. A judge set bail for Reddy at $15,000 during his arraignment Monday in Quincy District Court, the clerk’s office said. His next hearing is slated for Feb. 6. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf Monday. It wasn’t clear who represented him at arraignment.
Methuen police officers arrested two residents Wednesday after they found cocaine, fentanyl, a gun, and a young child during the execution of a search warrant, police said.