Arson charges following fire on Logan Path in Grafton


GRAFTON – A Grafton man has been charged with arson after Grafton police and firefighters responded to a fire in a residence in Logan Path on Aug. 3.

Natale Zona, 21, was arraigned on Aug. 4 in Westborough District Court.

Zona told officers that the fire was electrical and caused by a switch, according to court documents filed by Officer Mark Benoit.

The fire reportedly took place in the basement of the home, which contained a bedroom and an unfinished laundry room.

Benoit wrote that when he entered the basement, there was a “light haze” of smoke. The fire was reportedly in the laundry area.

Grafton Fire Chief Eric Mathieu asked Benoit to photograph the scene. Benoit wrote that the studs adjacent to the light switch and insulation was charred.

“Chief Mathieu informed me that [the] wiring inspector had determined that the fire was not caused by electrical means,” Benoit wrote.

When police interviewed Zona, he allegedly admitted to using a lighter a light the insulation on fire. When the fire started, Zone told police he put it out, according to court documents.

“Natale stated that he did not have a reason for doing it,” Benoit wrote.

He was also arrested on a warrant.

In addition to being charged with arson of a dwelling house, which is a felony, Zona was also charged with felony vandalizing a property.

Zona’s bail was set at $5,000 surety bond or $500 cash. He is scheduled for a pre-trail hearing on Sept. 2.