As state and local investigators combed through the wreckage of 20 Harmac Drive following Saturday's early morning fire there, neighbors told East Haven Patch the blaze — which has since been ruled an arson — was actually the second suspicious fire in the same neighborhood within the past several days.
Playscape Set Ablaze
The residents reported that a wooden playscape at Ferrara School was set on fire and destroyed just a few days before Saturday's house fire on Harmac.
The East Haven elementary school, which is located at 22 Maynard Road, is only a couple of streets away from the now burnt-out home on Harmac.
East Haven Fire Assistant Chief Chuck Licata confirmed the residents' reports.
"No One Saw It Burning'
Licata told East Haven Patch that the playscape — a large 30-foot-long wooden boat many of the children played on at the school — was set ablaze sometime during the previous weekend.
"But with where it was located on the school grounds and school out for the weekend, no one saw it burning," he said.
A passerby finally noticed the damage to the equipment on Monday, Oct. 8. And the incident was reported to police and fire officials. The boat has since been removed from the school's grounds.
The investigation into the playground fire, as well as Harmac Drive, are open and ongoing.
East Haven fire and police officials also have a third separate and apparently unrelated investigation into the three fires at the old Neubig Dairy Farm propoerty as well, which have been ruled arson.
Anyone with information about any of these fires is asked 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.