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