Fire under investigation in Meriden - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fire under investigation in Meriden


A criminal investigation is under way in Meriden after more than two dozen firefighters were called to fight a fire at a home not far from the Meriden Mall.

Surrounded by yellow police tape, a burnt-out shell is all that remains of the old vacant home at the corner of Kensington Avenue and Summary Street in Meriden.

The fire was reported around 11:30 p.m. Thursday somewhere on the first floor, and on Friday fire officials investigating said it was intentionally set.

"It's a criminal investigation," said Fire Marshal Steven Trella. "The fire was set, and there will be details to work out."

Officials said one firefighter was sent to a local hospital after he hurt his hand while removing a window.

The fire chief said he was stiched up, released and will be back on the job soon.

According to the building inspector, the historic home may have to be brought down due to the extensive damage.

Meriden typically responds to about 300 fire calls a year and said currently they're on track to have even more than that. But, officials said, recent fires in town don't seem to be connected.

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