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West Haven, Feb. 9, 2019 - Last night, Feb. 8, a major two alarm structure fire took place at 22 Richards Place, which is owned by the Haven Group LLC. The fire was reported to West Haven Emergency Services at 10:28 pm, and was brought under control at 11:44 pm. Fire Safety personnel remained on scene throughout the night. A Public Works crew was dispatched to the scene, and applied salt to the roads and affected areas. No serious injuries were reported.
Mayor Nancy R. Rossi was kept apprised of the situation throughout the night. Early this morning, she contacted Chief James O’Brien of the Center District Fire Department to obtain an update on the cause of the fire. Chief O’Brien stated, “The cause is currently inconclusive, pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.”
While at the scene this morning, Mayor Rossi spoke with Fire Marshall Keith Flood of the Center Fire District. He said, “The fire remains under investigation at this time, and it is looking like an incendiary fire.”
The West Haven Police Department is assessing the remaining vacant properties to identify vulnerabilities. Matt Armstrong, from the Haven Group, LLC, took part in an onsite conference call, and stated, “We will cooperate with the City of West Haven throughout the weekend and on Monday to get the site safe and secure. Standard Builders, at the expense of the Haven Group, is out in the field with their professional carpenters, securing the remaining houses to a higher standard. We continue to stay on top of the situation.”
The charred building has been secured by a temporary fence around the structure. A demolition company will be onsite on Monday, Feb. 11, to begin dismantling the building. “As a local developer, we’re on call 24/7”, Armstrong said. “When something like this happens, we take it very seriously. We’ve responded very quickly, very thoroughly. “
On behalf of the City of West Haven, Mayor Rossi extends her sincere thanks to the Center District Fire Department, the West Shore and Allingtown Fire Departments who assisted, Milford and New Haven Fire Departments who provided mutual aid, the West Haven Police Department, West Haven Emergency Services/911, the West Haven Department of Public Works, the West Haven Building Department, Matt Armstrong, the Haven Group, LLC, and the West Haven residents who reported the fire.