Molotov Cocktail on Belmont Ave. in Springfield

(photo Springfield Fire Department)

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - A Springfield man is behind bars after officials say he threw a Molotov cocktail at a car early Wednesday morning.

According to Springfield Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi, firefighters were called to 282 Belmont Avenue around 3:30 a.m. to investigate a 2007 Nissan Altima that caught fire.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that someone had thrown a Molotov cocktail at the vehicle.

Members of the Springfield Arson and Bomb Squad, Springfield Police Department, and troopers assigned to the office of the State Fire Marshal were able to collect security footage and identify suspects, as well as interview witnesses.

Officials were able to arrest 25-year-old Kevin Lozada in connection to the incident.

He was charged with burning a vehicle and throwing a Molotov cocktail.

Commissioner Calvi adds that they expect three juveniles will also be charged in connection to the deliberately set car fire.

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