Two men are facing charges in a fire that was set early last month in downtown Pittsfield.

On Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at approximately 3:30 AM, a patrol officer from the Pittsfield Police Department observed a fire on the south side door of St. Joseph’s Church, located at 414 North Street in Pittsfield.

The officer requested a response from the Pittsfield Fire Department. It was readily apparent that the fire had been intentionally set. PFD was quickly able to extinguish the fire but the door sustained significant burn marks on both the interior and exterior sides.

Through a determined investigative effort, two suspects were eventually identified and charged. 53-year-old Michael Innis and 34-year-old Brock Randolph were each charged with one count of burning a building. Additional charges may be forthcoming. Both men currently reside in Pittsfield, although each man has ties to the eastern part of the state.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, or wishes to provide additional information is asked to contact the lead investigator, Detective Kim Bertelli-Hunt, at 413-448-9700 x532.

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