Josue Ortiz-Velez Spfld arson arrest 120121

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- One person has been arrested following a fire at Springfield bakery and restaurant.

Springfield Police said that officers were called to El Morro Bakery and Restaurant on Page Boulevard around 9:30 p.m. Monday after the alarms started going off.  When police got to the scene, fire was seen coming from the back of the building.

Firefighters arrived and were able to put out the fire.

Local and state authorities conducted an investigation and found that a suspect, identified as 48-year-old Josue Ortiz-Velez of Springfield, was seen on video allegedly pouring gasoline on the back door.

On Tuesday, an arson investigator was parked across the street from the restaurant when he saw Ortiz-Velez return to the restaurant and then drive away.  A short time later, police pulled over Ortiz-Velez on Duryea Street and the arrest was made.

Ortiz-Velez has been charged with one count of arson of a dwelling or house.

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