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Fires intentionally set inside East Hartford apartment building


Officials from the East Hartford Fire Department told Eyewitness News that they are looking for the person responsible for starting a dozen fires in front of tenants' doors at one complex in the city Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to an apartment building at 231 Ellington Rd. at about 9 a.m.

Officials said the fires were set in front of the doors of almost every apartment, hallway and staircase on the second floor. There were fires in all the public areas, officials said.

"This is a big building. There's a lot of people at risk in this building," said East Hartford Fire Chief John Oates. "There's a lot of challenges to fighting a fire in this type of building."

Oates said the fires were put out quickly, but an arsonist is believed to be on the loose.

"We're going to find out who did it," Oates said. "And once we do, we're going to prosecute that person to the fullest extent of the law."

The chief told Eyewitness News that firefighters have been called to the complex five times since last summer. Monday's incident was the second time that firefighters were called to the building twice in less than a month.

There are reports that the fire alarms did not go off Monday morning, which is being investigated by the East Hartford Fire Department.

Residents said they were told by management that security cameras may be installed in the near future.

The fires are under investigation by the East Hartford Fire Marshal, Connecticut State Fire Marshal and East Hartford Police Department. A $2,500 reward is being offered.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the fire department at 860-291-7400.

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