NORTH HAVEN — A local man charged with reckless burning told fire officials he set several fires around town and was high on heroin during some of the incidents, according to court documents.
Anthony Laudano, 28, was charged Jan. 29 with three counts of reckless burning, one count of second degree criminal mischief, and one count of third degree criminal mischief. He was released on $15,000 bond.
On Nov. 29 around 1:40 a.m., the North Haven fire department responded to the area of Old Quinnipiac Avenue for a reported fire in a wooded area on an old railroad bridge. The fire was extinguished and the structure did not have any serious damage, according to Laudano’s arrest warrant. The fire marshal noticed a smell of gasoline in the area.
On Nov. 30 around 4 a.m., a fire occurred in some leaves on Frost Drive, which is one street away from Old Quinnipiac Avenue. A state police accelerant detection dog alerted to the smell of an accelerant in the area, the warrant said.
Fire Chief Paul Januszewski considered Laudano a suspect because there were a number of small fires over the past 10 years near Laudano’s previous home on Rock Road and he recently bought a home on Old Quinnipiac Avenue. The fire department responded to Old Quinnipiac Avenue for at least seven fires, two on Laudano’s property. Laudano reported three of the fires, the warrant said.
When Januszewski met with Laudano at his home, he said he set the fires on Frost Drive, Old Quinnipiac Avenue and at other locations, the warrant said. Laudano also told Januszewski that during one incident he was high on heroin, filled a water bottle with gasoline and stuck toilet paper out of the top, before lighting the toilet paper on fire and placing the bottle in a pile of leaves, the warrant said.
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