Restaurant Fire Deemed Arson; $20K Reward Offered | NECN
Rhode Island

Rhode Island

The latest news from around the state

Restaurant Fire Deemed Arson; $20K Reward Offered

The blaze at the Pearl Restaurant and Lounge was reported at about 2 a.m. on Dec. 31 and caused an estimated $2 million in damage

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Restaurant Fire Deemed Arson; $20K Reward Offered
    WJAR

    A New Year's Eve fire at a popular Providence, Rhode Island, restaurant has been ruled arson, and authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

    The blaze at the Pearl Restaurant and Lounge was reported at about 2 a.m. on Dec. 31 and caused an estimated $2 million in damage.

    An arson dog detected an accelerant at the site, which investigators said Monday was confirmed by crime lab testing.

    Providence firefighters have released video of someone outside the building at the time of the fire.

    The fire department, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the restaurant's insurance company all kicked in for the reward.

    The Pearl opened in 2004

    A new restaurant and nightclub just opened at the site.

    For up-to-the-minute news and weather, be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Sign up for our new breaking news email alerts by clicking here and download our free apps here.