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Mass. Man Suspected of Setting 4 Fires Caught at Canadian Border

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    Mass. Man Suspected of Setting 4 Fires Caught at Canadian Border
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    A person is shown standing near the U.S.-Canadian border in Derby Line, Vt., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Border officials say gates in Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, are necessary to stem the tide of smugglers and illegal aliens who take advantage of unguarded streets, which run perpendicular to the border and through both communities. (AP Photo/Alison Redlich)

    A Massachusetts man suspected of starting four fires, including one that destroyed a home, has been arrested while trying to cross into Canada.

    Pittsfield police say 58-year-old Philip Jordan was arrested Sunday by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents at the border crossing at Highgate Springs, Vermont.

    Authorities had been searching for the Pittsfield man since Saturday night when he allegedly set the four fires. No one was reported injured.

    One of the fires gutted Jordan's own home. Police say his family members lived at the two of the other sites where fires were set.

    Pittsfield police, city fire investigators and the state Fire Marshal are investigating.

    It's unclear when Jordan will return to Massachusetts or if he has a lawyer.

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