NORWALK - A late-night blaze destroyed an abandoned house on Blue Mountain Road Wednesday, in what fire officials believe was an act of arson. The fire was called in at around 1 a.m., and when firefighters arrived, the single-story ranch house at 27 Blue Mountain Road was fully engulfed in flames and the fire had already burned through the roof. "There was so much fire, you couldn't get in the building," said Deputy Chief David Lepus.
Three engines, two trucks, a rescue vehicle and a command car responded, Lepus said. Firefighters surrounded the house and fought the blaze with hoses from outside until it was extinguished. The last unit left the scene at around 7 am.
In January, a fire started in the garage when six young men were living in the house, Fire Marshal Glenn Iannaccone said. Since then, the house has been vacant and all the utilities were shut off. The owner lives in Michigan.
The house has been repeatedly vandalized, and Tuesday morning neighbors noticed that a window had been broken, Iannaccone said. Two other back windows already were broken and boarded up.
"As far as we're concerned, it was a case of arson," Iannaccone said.
Wednesday's fire started in the back of the house, on a patio, where there have been parties, Iannaccone said. A dog was brought to the house to sniff for substances that can start a fire, and picked up the scent of an accelerant in an empty flower bed in the backyard.
Anyone with information on the fire should call the Connecticut Arson Tip Award Program hotline at 1-800-84-ARSON. The program offers up to $2,500 for information leading to a conviction in an arson case.
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