Court documents detail fire in Westborough police station


Court documents detail fire in Westborough police station
The morning after a fire in Westborough Police Headquarters on Sunday, Nov. 26, fans were in place to help dissipate the smell of smoke. Photo by Maureen Sullivan

WESTBOROUGH – A cardboard box that was set on fire led to a fire in the Westborough Police Department lobby, according to the statement of facts filed in Westborough District Court.

Theresa Abichaker has been charged with three counts of burning a public building, three counts of attempting to burn a public building, vandalizing property and fire negligence.

The Westborough Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a fire in the lobby of the police station at 8:19 p.m. Nov. 26.

When police arrived at the station and opened the door to the lobby, “we were met by heavy smoke and water flowing from the lobby,” police wrote in the court documents.

An officer reported seeing Abichaker in the lobby at the time of the fire. According to the statement of facts, there was an attempt to set fire to a cardboard box, an American flag and a wreath located on the door of the lobby. Police said that the cardboard box was the only item that caught fire, and the wall near the box was also charred.

The fire department said that there wasn’t anyone inside of the lobby, and Westborough police set up a perimeter. According to the statement of facts, there was a 911 call around 9 p.m. from a woman “reporting she was pregnant, running from the cops and was lost.”

The call was reportedly traced near Beach Street.

Police said they located Abichaker about 100 yards from any residences in the woods.

She was arraigned in Westborough District Court on Nov. 27 and ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Dec. 4.

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