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State police investigate vacant pheasant coop fires in Salem

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Firefighters are investigating fires in Salem. (WFSB) Firefighters are investigating fires in Salem. (WFSB)

Connecticut State Police are investigating two fires at a farm in Salem. 

Firefighters were called to Bordeau’s Pheasant Farm, which is located at 343 Old Colchester Rd., twice in the last week for vacant coop fires. 

State police said the first fire took place around 2 p.m. on Aug. 24 and the second fire was at 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday. 

On Tuesday, the pheasant coop itself was empty even before the fire and it was extinguished quickly. Police said there was no no living thing ever in any real danger. 

Authorities said there has been four fires on farm since May. 

State police said "one of the structures on the now abandoned farm was destroyed." 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Eastern District Major Crime and Salem Resident Trooper’s Office. State police and the fire marshal were along the property with a dog, who is trained to sniff out accelerants, on Tuesday.  

Anyone with any information about the fires is asked to call state police at 860-465-5456, the confidential crime tip hotline at 860-465-5469, or text TIP711 with the information to 274637. State police said they will keep all calls confidential.

Neighbors in this quiet area said they believe this must be the work of an arsonist and they are pretty worried about it.

"I just heard about a second fire happening in the same week at the exact same place and there's some kind of investigation," Salem resident Hunter Whitcomb said. "It's pretty sketchy because it's near my friends house and it's in the middle of Salem." 

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