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Second fire reported at rabbi’s home in Arlington

For the second time in less than a week, a fire was reported outside a rabbi’s home in Arlington, a fire official said.

Arlington firefighters responded at 9 p.m. Thursday to 129 Lake St. A small fire was found burning on the side of the house, Deputy Chief Chip Ryan said.

There were no injuries. A police officer on patrol in the area used a handheld fire extinguisher to put out the flames.

It occurred in the same area where a small fire was reported last Saturday, Ryan said.

Arlington’s police and fire departments are working with state officials to investigate the fires, according to a press release.

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In response, a full-time police detail was placed on Lake Street.

The fire occurred one day after Arlington police announced they were investigating Saturday’s fire at the property as a possible hate crime. The rabbi told police he holds services at the home.

Wood shingles were found burning on the side of the home late Saturday night. That fire was also quickly extinguished.

“These are extremely concerning incidents in which an innocent family has had the safety and security of their home compromised by someone else’s violent actions,” Arlington Police Chief Julie Flaherty said in the release. “The Arlington Police Department will use every resource at its disposal to find the facts and ensure that any suspect or suspects are brought to face justice.”

Police released video from a neighbor’s home security camera that showed a man or a woman with a “specific gait/posture walking away from the area during the time of the fire,” police said in a statement Wednesday.

Police ask anyone who recognizes the person in the video to contact them at 781-643-1212.


Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com