Fire marshal says Huntington house fire appears to be arson

Shelton Fire Marshal James Tortora said the initial investigation of the house fire at 19 Lane St. on Monday afternoon shows the cause was arson. “That’s what our investigation indicates,” he said.

Tortora said he plans to meet Tuesday morning with arson investigators at the Shelton Police Department about the incident.

The fire began on the first floor in a hallway between the living room and a bedroom, according Tortora.

No one was home at the time of the fire at the two-story, wood-frame house, which is being renovated.

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Tortora estimated the damage at $10,000. “A quick response by the fire department kept it to that area,” he said of where the damage occurred.

Someone mowing the lawn at the cemetery across the street called in the fire, Tortora said.

Fire call came in at 3:36 p.m.

Three Shelton fire companies responded to a house fire in Huntington on Monday afternoon.

According to fire officials, at 3:36 p.m. a structure fire was reported at 19 Lane St. The Huntington, White Hills and Echo Hose volunteer fire companies were dispatched.

Upon arrival, firefighters found the first floor of a Cape Cod-style house on fire, said Nick Verdicchio, Shelton Fire Department assistant chief.

Hose lines were used to quickly knock down the flames within 10 minutes, Verdicchio said.

House believed to be vacant at time of fire

The house appears to have been vacant, officials said, and there were no reported injuries.

Crews remained on scene for about an hour checking for any extension of the fire and conducting overhaul, and re-packing apparatus.

Shelton Fire Chief Fran Jones was the incident commander. Shelton EMS personnel and the fire marshal also responded to the scene.

Fourth fire company covered the city

The city’s fourth fire company — Pine Rock Park — provided citywide coverage while the other three companies were at the Lane Street fire.

Lane Street is a dead-end road off Huntington Street, near the Huntington Green. It is perhaps best known for being where people can access one end of the Shelton Lakes Recreational Path. The house that caught on fire is across from a small cemetery on Lane Street.