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Norwich police searching for person(s) responsible for string of fires

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Norwich officials are looking to catch whomever is setting vacant buildings on fire (WFSB) Norwich officials are looking to catch whomever is setting vacant buildings on fire (WFSB)
NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

Investigators in Norwich said arsonists are setting vacant downtown buildings on fire.

City officials are offering thousands in rewards to bring the suspects to justice.

Two weeks ago, emergency crews responded to a fire that broke out at the old Norwich Bulletin headquarters on Franklin Street.

Little did firefighters know, this would be the beginning of several calls to the area.

“We don't know for sure if they're related but there's always a chance when they're in such proximity to each other,” said Norwich City Manager John Salomone. “I don't think it was squatters. More like mischief makers, more than mischief. People that are in there up to no good.”

On Monday night, firefighters put out some flames at an old YMCA on Main Street. On Sunday night, they were back on Franklin where the old textile mill was set on fire.

“I don't know if it's kids that are just bored or arsonists, they need to find a better hobby,” said Amil Carr, who owns Diamond Auto Sales nearby. “If it does happen, hopefully insurance will take care of it but I don't want to lose my inventory.”

Norwich police want to make an arrest, and fast.

Reward posters are plastered over the entrances of the buildings, while officials are looking to secure the exits and entrances of all the other vacant properties in the downtown area

“Many of the small vacancies you can control the entries better,” Salomone said.

Police are also patrolling the area closely.

Anyone with information should contact Norwich Police.

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