UPDATE: Overnight East Haven Blaze Ruled Arson (VIDEO)

East Haven firefighters responded to a fully involved fire at a vacant home along Harmac Drive in the early morning hours Saturday, which heavily damaged the structure.

Update at 9 p.m.

East Haven Fire officials now have their second ongoing suspicious fire investigation after Saturday's early morning blaze at 20 Harmac Drive has been ruled an arson.

East Haven Fire Marshal Anthony Moscato and the State Fire Marshal's Office spent much of the day at the long-vacant home, piecing together how the fire started and spread.

EHPD Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Licata told East Haven Patch that investigators found "more than one point of origin" for the fire.

In addition, a fire dog trained to sniff out the use of accelerants at the site of a suspicious incident had positive hits. (see video posted in the gallery)

"We're ruling it an arson," Licata said, adding that East Haven Police officers were already out in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon "canvassing neighbors" for any information that might lead to a suspect or suspects that started the blaze.

Neighbors told East Haven Patch that the single-story house has been unoccupied for about six years now after a bank foreclosed on the home. The bank, they said, still owns the property.

East Haven Fire officials are asking anyone with information about Saturday's fire to call the state's Arson Tip Line at 1-800-84ARSON (1-800-842-7766).

Or, those with any information can contact the East Haven Fire Department at (203)-468-3840 or the East Haven Police Department at 203-468-3820 or email crimetips@easthavenpolice.com.

East Haven Patch will continue to provide additional updates as this story moves forward.

Update at 3:25 p.m.

Saturday's early morning fire has been ruled an arson, East Haven Fire Assistant Chief Chuck Licata reported to Patch this afternoon.

East Haven Patch will have additional reporting on the Harmac drive fire to come.

Original Story

An early morning blaze that heavily damaged a vacant building along Harmac Drive in East Haven overnight is now under investigation.

The report of the fire, which occured at 20 Harmac Drive, came in at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

East Haven Fire Battalion Chief Eileen Parlato told East Haven Patch that upon arrival at the scene, firefighters found the structure was already "fully involved" in flames.

A neighbor called in the report of the fire, she said.

Parlato added that East Haven Fire Marshall Anthony Moscato, as well as other EHFD officials and a representative from the State Fire Marshal's Office, are all now currently on the scene investigating.

East Haven Patch will provide additional updates to this story as more information becomes available.

(Editor's note: East Haven Patch had originally reported the address as 22 Harmac. The actual address, however, is 20 Harmac. The text has been edited to reflect the correct location of the fire. )


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