At Monday’s Police Commission Meeting, Chief Robert Gagne said the department is still working with state police and the state fire marshal’s office on a rash of arson brush fires that began last fall.
Gagne said Orange has not had a fire since November, and Asst. Chief Anthony Cuozzo said specially trained state police dogs did not detect any accelerants at any of the Orange fire scenes.
The incidents are believed to be tied together and the investigation will continue until officials have some answers. As of this week, there is a $2,500 reward for information. (see below)
Following is a press release from the Connecticut State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit:
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 this past 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.