A 31-year-old Dorchester man is under arrest, accused of setting fires in Chelsea and Everett on March 28 to strike out at his girlfriend during a feud, officials said.
The early morning fire in Chelsea caused $50,000 in damage, led to the injury of one firefighter, but because smoke detectors were working, all 15 residents safely were evacuated, according to State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan’s office.
Alfred J. Jordan allegedly first set fire to the apartment building at 227 Washington Ave. in Chelsea after getting into an argument with his girlfriend, according to Coan’s office.
A short time later, Jordan tracked his girlfriend to Everett where he allegedly set a fire at 187 Elm St., a fire that eventually destroyed the building.
The Everett blaze destroyed a three-family home in Everett, and then spread to neighboring buildings, causing an estimated $350,000 in damage. Smoke alarms alerted residents inside the building, but Everett police officers rescued a first floor resident who has only one leg, according to Coan’s office.
One firefighter was injured, officials said.
According to the American Red Cross, the agency provided temporary shelter to four people from three families who had lived in the Everett building.
Jordan will be prosecuted in both Suffolk and Middlesex counties for the two arson crimes, officials said. He is also charged with four counts of attempted murder for the Everett fire, officials said.
Jordan is currently in custody at the Suffolk County House of Correction on unrelated charges, official said.