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Brockton mayor’s SUV set afire while parked in front of his home

Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter’s city-issued SUV was set afire last week, and now State Police and Brockton first responders are searching for who set the 2015 Ford Explorer on fire while it was parked outside the mayor’s home.

The fire caused minor damage to the SUV on Dec. 1 before it died out, according to State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey’s office. The fire went unnoticed by anyone in the Pearl Street neighborhood where Carpenter lives, the fire marshal’s office said.

Carpenter was not at home at the time.

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Carpenter issued a statement saying he has confidence that law enforcement will conduct a thorough investigation.

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“We appreciate all the concern expressed by the public and the media. As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for my family and I,’’ Carpenter said in the statement. “We have faith in the state and local public safety agencies involved to complete a thorough investigation.”

The fire was set during the night but wasn’t discovered until daylight, officials said.

“Investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set, most likely sometime the night before,’’ the statement reads.

The fire marshal’s office said a $5,000 reward is being offered for “information that helps to solve the case.” Tipsters can call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-682-9229.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.