Officials Investigate Two Suspicious Fires Overnight in Bloomfield

Bloomfield fire officials are investigating two suspicious fires at vacant homes that occurred overnight Wednesday.

The first fire happened just after midnight at a vacant house at 20 Gilbert Avenue. Fire officials said that when crews arrived there were heavy flames showing from the front of the house. Firefighters started a defensive operation and knocked it down.

Firefighters responded to another fire at 15 Walker Lane, which is also a vacant home, about one hour later. Officials said a trash compactor caught fire outside the home. The heat from the fire melted the siding at 15 Walker Lane and the building next door at 17 Walker Lane.

Fire officials deemed both blazes suspicious and are investigating whether they are connected.

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