Emergency officials are investigating the cause of a fire at a Montville day care, which they are saying is suspicious in nature and heavily damaged the facility Monday evening.
Crews responded to the Creative Care Daycare on Old Colchester Road in the Oakdale section of town shortly after 5:30 p.m.
"The neighbor Mark came out, we walked over and saw the smoke coming out of the left-hand window, the fire," said Donald Lakowsky of Montville. "The whole thing engulfed, it was quick, four to five minutes and the whole place was up."
There were no reported injuries.
The day care was closed on Tuesday and it is unclear how long the building will be closed. Officials are also searching for a place for their kids to attend.
The fire marshal along with investigators from the Connecticut State Police remained on scene early Tuesday morning investigating the cause. Officials used an accelerant detection canine through the building.
Eyewitness News tried to get in contact with the owner listed as Wendy Summers but an address for her on Patridge Hollow Road is a vacant house.
Court records indicate she faced foreclosure and out in front of the day care is a sign for a public auction foreclosure sale that's since been covered up.
Neighbors and clients told Eyewitness News that they had recently seen a for sale sign out front.
"The girl was in the process of selling it as far as I know," said one Montville resident, who wished not to be identified. "Then a few days ago the for sale sign came down, so we just assumed she sold it."
The cause of the fire is under investigation by state police. It is unclear if the fire was an arson, however they did say it was suspicious in nature.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Connecticut State Police at 860-848-6500. All calls will be kept confidential.
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