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West Hartford Police Investigating Five Suspicious Fires

A garbage bag on the porch of 198-200 Park Rd, West Hartford was set on fire early Tuesday morning, causing minor damage to the porch. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

A series of fires appear to have been set overnight and early Tuesday morning in West Hartford as well as in Hartford.

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police detectives are investigating five fires that appear to have been intentionally set in West Hartford between the hours of 2:16 a.m. and 7:42 a.m. Tuesday.

Damage in all cases was minor.

The locations and nature of the suspicious fires, police said, include:

  • 2:16 a.m., 280 Park Rd., dumpster fire
  • 2:21 a.m., 566 Park Rd., recycle bin fire
  • 2:25 a.m., 198-200 Park Rd., garbage bag fire on porch
  • 2:28 a.m., 616 Park Rd., American flag on porch fire
  • 7:42 a.m., intersection of New Britain Avenue and Hollywood Avenue, garbage can fire

“I suspect we will have a suspect identified shortly,” Lt. Eric Rocheleau said around noon on Tuesday.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Det. Andrew Wamester at 860-570-8883.

Hartford Police are also investigating a series of trash barrel fires on Park Street that also occurred overnight and were quickly extinguished by the Hartford Fire Department, according to Hartford Deputy Police Chief Brian Foley.

West Hartford and Hartford Police are working together on the investigation, Rocheleau said.

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Donation bins outside Mayflower Laundry-Dry Cleaning at 266 Prospect Ave., Hartford, right around the corner from Park Road, were also set on fire early Tuesday morning. Photo credit: Ronni Newton

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