Community leaders in the area have a very different take.
The perpetrators were apparently trying to be cheap.
Billy Penn's Events Manager was on the scene as the blaze spread to three alarms.
As the restaurant struggles to recover after the fire, new obstacles are driving customers away.
The fire engulfed a giant former textile plant that was on the National Register of Historic Places.
Reconstruction has been slow-going since the Feb. 18 blaze.
Capofitto might be able to reopen next week. For The Little Lion, it's looking like April.
More than 160 residents and guests at the Best Western hotel were evactuated; no injuries reported so far.