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Man charged with arson in Fall River blaze where infant, mother were rescued from roof

A man has been charged with arson in connection with a Fall River fire where a mother and infant were rescued from the roof of a three-story building on Wednesday night, authorities said.

Jeremy Perreira, 42, of Fall River was arrested and charged with arson of a dwelling and possession of a stun gun, according to a statement released Thursday evening by the Fall River Police Department.

At approximately 7:22 p.m. Wednesday, the Fall River Fire Department was notified of a blaze in the stairwell at 784 Globe St., which contains businesses on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floors, Fire Department Captain Eric Caffrey said in a phone interview.


The mother and child were rescued by ladder from the roof of the building after flames engulfed stairwell, Caffrey said. Four people were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Fire crews contained the blaze to the stairwell and knocked it down in about 20 minutes, Caffrey said. The fire was completely extinguished within an hour.

A join investigation was carried out by Detective Nicholas Custadio of the Major Crimes Division, District Fire Chief Neil Furtado of the Fall River Fire Department, and Trooper Mike Fagan of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, according to the statement from police.

Prosecutors requested that Perreira he be held as a danger during a dangerousness hearing Friday, Gregg Miliotea spokesman for the Bristol district attorney’s office said in an e-mail. A judge found Perreira to be dangerous and ordered him held without bail, Miliote said.

Correspondent Adam Sennott contributed to this report.

Bailey Allen can be reached at bailey.allen@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @baileyaallen.