Fire at Naugatuck home determined to be arson

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By Elio Gugliotti, Editor

NAUGATUCK — Police and fire officials are investigating an arson at a home on North Hoadley Street.

The fire occurred Aug. 25 at about 2 a.m. at 191 North Hoadley St. Officials said the siding of the single-family, Cape Cod-style home caught fire causing minor damage to the house.

Deputy Police Chief C. Colin McAllister said officials seized evidence consistent with an arson and igniting a fire. He said the evidence was being processed to hopefully develop leads. He referred further questions on the evidence seized to the Naugatuck Fire Department.

Fire Inspector Ned Dalton said an ignition source and other items were found at the scene. He declined to go into further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Dalton said the fire was minor. He said a neighbor spotted the fire and put it out with a hose. Firefighters made sure it was completely out, he said.

“We were lucky there was a resident that was awake,” he said.

McAllister said three people were home at the time.

According to land records, the home is owned by Jacob Dombkowski.

McAllister said police are still trying to determine whether the home was targeted or if the fire was a random act. He said police are working with the Naugatuck Fire Marshal’s Office on the investigation.

He said officials are asking people who may have seen anything suspicious or unusual the night of the fire to contact police. Anyone with information can contact the Naugatuck Police Department at 203-729-5221 or the department’s confidential tip line at 203-720-1010.

Andreas Yilma contributed to this report.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect new information provided by Fire Inspector Ned Dalton.