An owner of a Lane Street home that caught on fire Monday afternoon said the fire may have been started by young people.
“We think it could have been kids,” she said at the scene about three-and-a-half hours after the fire was called in and then quickly put out by firefighters.
The owner, who asked not to be identified, said graffiti had been found inside the structure.
She was at the house Monday evening checking out the damage with another family member and two contractors, who had been the first ones to contact her about the fire.
Shelton Fire Marshal James Tortora said the cause of the fire appears to be arson.
The owners have been completing renovations to the house, which previously had been rented, so it could be put on the real estate market.
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The contractors who called her had not been doing the work on the house, the owner said, but track fire reports and offer to assist owners of fire-damaged homes with cleanup and renovation work.
“When they called me, I thought it was a prank,” she said of the initial call.
No damage visible from the road
No damage to the small house was visible from the street, in the front of the home, on Monday evening. Some windows had been temporarily opened, most likely to try to get rid of the smoke smell from the inside.
“It started in the middle of the house,” said the owner. She said she never imagined she would have to deal with a fire-damaged home.
Shelton Fire Marshal James Tortora has estimated damage at $10,000, saying it was kept to a minimum due to a quick response by firefighters. The Huntington Volunteer Fire Company station is located less than 1,000 feet from the house on Lane Street, a dead-end road near the Huntington Green.