Possible 'foul play' in Grand Ave. house fire

Cary Ashby • Jul 18, 2019 at 10:00 PM

Authorities are considering a fire in an unoccupied Norwalk house suspicious.

The Norwalk Fire Department and North Central EMS responded to house fire at 29 Grand Ave. about 12:40 p.m. Wednesday. About a dozen firefighters arrived in two engines and one ladder, rescue and command vehicle each.

“There’s probably foul play because it’s abandoned,” Capt. Rick Perry said at the scene. “It is not occupied. … The state fire marshal is on the way. Any time we have an abandoned structure, we call the state fire marshal.”

Capt. Brett Beers led the first group of firefighters into the house.

“Upon arrival, there was heavy fire … coming through the whole back side of the house extending into the second floor,” he said.

The extensive damage was contained to the back of the house and second floor. An estimate wasn’t available at press time.

“The whole back is pretty well burned up; that’s where our crew met heavy smoke and fire,” Perry said.

The crew had the blaze under control between 15 and 20 minutes after they arrived. By about 1:30 p.m., firefighters were handling the overhaul process and hitting hot spots with water.

Three North Central paramedics who responded said they didn’t transport anybody to the hospital and didn’t treat anyone at the scene.

“Flames were visible when we got here,” said paramedic supervisor Bryan Hamman, who noted the smoke was visible from a significant distance away.

Also at the scene were Norwalk Police Capt. Jim Fulton, Sgt. Michael Biller and Officer Briana Good. Fulton said they were there “for crowd and traffic control.”

Perry said firefighters don’t often encounter fires in abandoned houses. Also, he said investigators with the state fire marshal’s office will use their trained dogs to check for accelerants and determine the burn pattern, damage and possible cause at Grand Avenue.

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