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East Haven Fire: Thursday's Blaze at Neubig Farm Arson

East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson reports Thursday afternoon's fire at 142 Barberry Road, part of the old Neubig Dairy Farm property, has been ruled an arson.

The following is a press release from East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson.

On Thursday Aug. 9, 2012 at 3:15 p.m. the East Haven Fire Dept responded to , East Haven Ct.

The subsequent investigation has determined that the fire was incendiary in nature  and is being ruled as an “ARSON”.

The East Haven Fire Dept along with the East Haven Police Dept and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are conducting the investigation.

Anyone with information on this fire or either of the other 2 recent fires located at the adjacent properties ( and again at ) please call East Haven Police Dept Detective Paul DeCrosta  203-468-3820 or the ARSON TIP LINE 1-800-84ARSON.

The Connecticut ARSON tip award program offers up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest, conviction, or prevention of an Arson Fire.

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Bob Fawkes August 10, 2012 at 04:45 PM
It is a shame when once valuable farm land, which provided local economy and fed us healthy food, is divided up and "developed" into suburban McMansion cul-de-sac's or is abandoned altogether. Who needs farmland when you have genetically modified Monsanto and ConAgra poisons on our store shelves?
Lise Cavallaro August 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I think it's a shame that someone would intentionally destroy someone's property.
Richard Poulton August 10, 2012 at 05:43 PM
A little FYI there JA. Neubig sold 70, 194, 358 & 181 Barberry Rd in 2009 to the Regional Water Authority. The farm land known as 70, 194 & 358 are still being used for growing feed corn. I don't know who is doing the actual farming. Neubig still owns, for the time being, 82, 110 & 142 Barberry Rd., the scene of the recent fires. These properties have been and are still being used for various un-licenced reclaimation operations under review/investigation by DEEP and for wetlands violations currently being commenced by the EHIWWC. The fire scene locations have never been used for actual farming. Back in 2008/2009 he presented a plan to develope "his" pieces but if my memory is correct it was turned down due to environmental issues.
Bella Blessing August 11, 2012 at 05:51 AM
It is a shame Lisa, But whats even more of a shame is when people do it to there own property to collect the check!! Anyone know where the owner is?
Part of the Land September 26, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I just read that the owner was arrested in September for illegal dumping charges. The Arson is being investigated separately. I hope they prosecute the reposible party(s) to the limit for all these violations & crimes. The entire farm here used to be plotted as 365 Barberry Road, North Haven, CT. for a 100+ years BEFORE greed split the family and land apart. This being inland wetlands was granted to the owner because it wasn't supposed to be able to be split as it was mostly zoned inland wetlands. This present owner never returned to farming on it and it makes me SICK what has happened in the last 20 some odd years. Reaganomics didn't help issues any with the push for agribusiness, not family farming and the dairy operation sadly ended in 1984 after much blood, sweat & tears were shed to keep it going.

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