Man accused of setting church fire in Athol

ATHOL, Mass. (WHDH) — A man is facing criminal charges in connection with an early morning church fire in Athol, officials said.

Trevor J. DeFrancesco, 21, who is currently without a residence, was arrested Saturday for allegedly setting a fire at Our Lady Immaculate Church on School Street shortly after midnight.

He is being held on $20,000 cash bail at the Franklin County House Correction and is expected to be arraigned Monday on charges of burning a building and breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze with fire extinguishers.

The building suffered moderate fire damage.

(Copyright (c) 2020 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)