The Brockton mayor’s city-owned vehicle was set on fire last week

State officials are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the arsonist.

Boston, MA--8/6/2015--Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter (cq), right, speaks after Neil Bluhm (cq), not shown, head of Rush Street Gaming (cq), addressed the commissioners about his proposed casino in Brockton.  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (cq) holds a public meeting, at the Hynes Convention Center (cq), on Thursday, August 6, 2015.  
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Reporter:  Peter Schworm
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter, right. –Pat Greenhouse / The Boston Globe, File

Someone set Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter’s city-owned vehicle on fire last week while it was parked outside his home on Pearl Street, according to State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.

Now, the State Fire Marshal’s office is offering up to a $5,000 reward for help in identifying a suspect.

The 2015 Ford Explorer was found damaged last Saturday, officials said. It’s believed that someone set the vehicle on fire the night before, but that it extinguished itself. The vehicle sustained minor damage.

“As you can imagine, this is a difficult time for my family and I,’’ Carpenter said in the statement, as reported  by The Boston Globe. “We have faith in the state and local public safety agencies involved to complete a thorough investigation.”