STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Department of Emergency Services &
Connecticut State Police
Public Information Office
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
||Colonel Danny R. Stebbins|
Division of State Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 14, 2013
State Police DETECTIVES AND LOCAL FIRE OFFICIALS
Brush Fires in New Haven Area Towns
Public asked to report suspicious activity
Fire and Police officials from Derby, Milford, Monroe, Orange, Oxford, Shelton and Stratford, along with the Connecticut State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit, are investigating dozens of intentionally set bush fires.
The fires have been occurring since approximately October 2012 and have been reported as recently as last week. The fires, often occurring in multiple locations simultaneously, have occurred on the sides of roadways in these communities, including roads leading from Route 1 to Route 34 in Orange, and along Route 34 from Orange to Oxford and Route 110 from Shelton to Monroe. Several fires have occurred in the area of Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford.
Officials are asking the public for assistance by reporting any suspicious activity that they have observed, or may observe, in these areas to the Connecticut Arson Tip Hotline at 800-84-ARSON (800) 842-7766.
A reward of $2,500.00 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for these fires. All tips will remain confidential.