Police are investigating 5 suspicious overnight fires - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Police are investigating 5 suspicious overnight fires

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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Police are investigating multiple suspicious overnight fires in West Hartford. 

Investigators said five separate fires at the following locations were believed to be intentionally set between 2:16 a.m. to 7:42 a.m. on Thursday:

  • Dumpster fire at 280 Park Rd. 
  • Recycle bin fire at 566 Park Rd. 
  • Garage bag on a porch fire at 198 Park Rd. 
  • American flag on porch fire at 616 Park Rd. 
  • Garage can fire in area of New Britain and Hollywood avenues 

 "You know we had a dumpster fire, then we had a trash can set on fire, then we had a bag of garbage set on fire on a porch. Then someone set an American flag on fire," West Hartford Police Lt. Eric Rocheleau said. 

The area smelled like smoke well into the afternoon in front of homes and businesses.

"It's bad for business you know," Rose Riguard, of West Hartford, said. "People vandalizing the properties and stuff people don't feel comfortable." 

Department of public works crews spent Tuesday cleaning up the mess. 

"It's more work for us that's all,"  Winston Dixon with the West Hartford Department of Public Works said. 

The fires remain under investigation by the detectives from the West Hartford Police Department. At this point, police have not made any arrests.

Police said they're asking anyone who caught anything on surveillance video to share it with them. Anyone with any information is asked to call the West Hartford Police Department at 860-570-8883.

Hartford Fire Captain Raul Ortiz confirmed that there "has been a number of outside fires that the Hartford fire investigation unit is investigating along with Hartford Police Department and in turn sharing my info with our surrounding neighbors." 

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