Separate fire on Middletown/Higganum Town line suspicious: officials – NBC Connecticut


There is a brush fire on the Middletown and Higganum town limit and firefighters are calling it suspicious.

The fire is where River Road in Middletown meets Dublin Hill Road in Higganum.

Authorities said the blaze spanned about five acres, but did not say what may have started it.

“And at the time of night, one o’clock, two o’clock in the morning, there would have been no reason for this fire to start. That’s why we call ourselves suspicious in nature. Anything is possible , we would have to investigate,” said Richard Schenk, firefighting officer for DEEP’s Forestry Department.

DEEP Forestry Department State Fire Control Officer Richard Schenk provides an update on two bushfires burning Wednesday in Middletown and Higganum.

Firefighters say there are few crews in the area to monitor the blaze.

This fire is separate from the brush fire burning in the River Road, Aircraft Road and Freeman Road area. The Middlesex regional fire co-ordinator said at least 250 acres had burned so far in the blaze. Firefighters said there could be nearly 300 acres burned in the end.

Parts of Connecticut are at a “very high” fire danger level, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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