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Brookline arson yields mystery. Not who did it, but why?

Cellphone calls, texts lead to suspect, but motive murky

They were just two of many emergency 911 calls on July 26, one suburban and the other in Boston, three miles apart and seemingly unrelated.

In the Chestnut Hill section of  Brookline, a fire fueled by accelerants quickly engulfed an unfinished home on Spooner Road, a developer’s $2 million dream turned nightmare after three state courts declared it should never have been built.

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