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A Massachusetts man facing foreclosure appears to have decided the best way to deal with an imminent foreclosure was to set the house on fire, and then rig a fake bomb to keep firefighters from putting the blaze out.

Here’s the story.

A Mendon man appeared in Milford District Court on Friday after police responded to a fire Thursday night and found him in a van with a suspicious device on his chest. 

David Cheschi, 49, was accused of prompting a bomb scare and keeping firefighters away from his burning Mendon home.

"My grandfather built that house, it was really said to see it go," said Megan Shaw.

Prosecutors charged David Cheschi with keeping firefighters away from the burning house. Police said he may have been facing foreclosure. They feared he set the fire and booby trapped the home.

"Cheschi was given verbal orders to show his hands and exit the van. Again, with no response," prosecutor Robert Shea said in court.

Cheschi shook his head as the prosecutors described how police said they found him in his van blocking the driveway. Officers said they noticed wires tied around his legs and wires around the van.

"The wires were alarming enough that firefighters were ordered to stay back from the fire in fear that they would be harmed," said Shea.
 

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