Derby Fire Was Deliberately Set

A fire in a city-owned building on Caroline Street Monday was intentionally set, the Derby fire marshal said.

“The building was vacant, so it looks like it was deliberately set,” Derby Fire Marshal Phil Hawks said Thursday.

Hawks is investigating. There were no injuries.

A fire in a city-owned building on Caroline Street Monday was intentionally set, the Derby fire marshal said.

“The building was vacant, so it looks like it was deliberately set,” Derby Fire Marshal Phil Hawks said Thursday.

Hawks is investigating. There were no injuries. Click here for a story from Monday.

A basement window into the building was kicked in. There were indications someone may have been staying in the building.

The fire started in a pile of trash near a second-story window, firefighters said. It was extinguished quickly and there was little damage.

The building at 20-22 Caroline St. was formerly owned by New England Sheet Metal. It has been vacant for years and was formerly on the city’s blight list.

The city recently purchased the property along with several others as part of the redevelopment process on the south side of Main Street.

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