UPDATE at 5:30 p.m.
Fire Marshal Anthony Moscato tells East Haven Patch that this week's arrests of two suspects in relation to last October's arson at 20 Harmac Drive stems from a careful, intensive investigation into the crime.
"We do interviews, fire patterns, review evidence at the scene," Moscato said Friday afternoon. "It's kind of a methodical progression of an investigation."
He noted that often the State Fire Marshal's Office is also called in to assist the investigation, as it was in this case. The state can not only provide addition resources to assist local officials, but they also can serve as an important third party to review a case file.
"The can help to reinforce my findings," Moscato said.
The fire marshal said if a fire is determined to be arson, the department will then reach out to the East Haven Police Department to continue the second leg of the investigation, which will hopefully lead to the arrest of a suspect or suspects in relation to an incident.
Harmac Drive was not the only arson case being investigated by the East Haven fire and police departments. A series of fires at the old Neubig Dairy Farm last summer were also ruled arson.
Moscato noted that both the investigation into those fires is ongoing.
"It's still an open case," he said.
After a lengthy arson investigation led by the East Haven Fire Department, two local men have been arrested for allegedly intentionally setting fire to a vacant home at 20 Harmac Drive last October.
Kyle Gleason, 22, of Sunset Road in East Haven, and Anthony Perinetti, 20, of Rabbit Rock Road in East Haven, have each been charged with first-degree arson, third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal trespass.
Held on $300,000 Bond
Both men turned themselves in after a warrant was issued for their arrests, East Haven Police Sgt. David Emerman told East Haven Patch this morning.
Gleason turned himself in Monday morning and went to court for arraignment the same day. And Perinetti turned himself in this morning, and will be arraigned this morning, Emerman said.
He added that both men were held on a $300,000 bond.
Following the Oct. 12 blaze, 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.
At that time, 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.
At the same time, East Haven Police officers were out in the area "canvassing neighbors" for any information that might lead to a suspect or suspects that started the blaze.
East Haven Patch will be following up with Fire Marshal Moscato later today to learn more about the investigation. And an update will be posted then.