Burned out

Fire consumed a three-story townhouse under construction last Friday, July 14. About 90 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire that started at 6 a.m. that day. The fire ultimately destroyed the townhouse, damaged three other homes and charred several cars in the 3800 block of Interlake Avenue North. An auto-repair business across the alley sustained broken windows, but none of the business' customer vehicles were damaged.

The townhouse was being built behind an existing home, a practice that is becoming common in this part of Wallingford; the density made the fire difficult to fight, according to firefighters. One firefighter and two residents sustained minor injuries. Damage to the townhouses is at least $1 million.

Investigators have determined the fire to be arson. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call 625-5011. The Arson Alarm Foundation also has issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to a suspect; to report information to the foundation, call (800) 55-ARSON.[[In-content Ad]]