Authorities continue to investigate arson fire at abandoned North Haven building

Authorities continue to investigate arson fire at abandoned North Haven building

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NORTH HAVEN — Authorities are continuing to investigate an April 5 arson fire at an abandoned commercial building.

Fire Chief Paul Januszewski said the fire started in multiple points of the abandoned former distribution and office building  at 95 Warner Road around 4:30 p.m. The department is waiting on lab results to determine if accelerants were used.

“Police department detectives are currently working on it as a criminal investigation,” Januszewski said. 

Warner Road is located off Middletown Avenue (Route 17).

On Thursday, police released photos of a vehicle that was witnessed at the 90 block of Warner Road shortly before the fire. By Friday morning, police updated the Facebook post, saying the operator was identified. 

“The vehicle has been located, and the operator has been identified,” the post said. “We would like to thank the public for all the phone calls.”

Police did not comment on whether there is any connection between the vehicle and the fire.   

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Wilcox at 203-239-5321 ext. 246. 

Januszewski said the fire was under control within the first 45 minutes, but crews stayed on scene well into the night to extinguish all the hot spots. 

According to town land records, the property is owned by FPJ Investments, LLC. It was formerly owned by Lewis Borrelli and sold in 2013. 

Januzewski said the building was 50 percent lost to damage and the building department has posted it as unsafe. No injuries were reported. 

State Police and the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit also responded.

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