Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with a fire at a popular Litchfield County curling club and another at a house in Norfolk along with a home burglary.
Matthew Carey, 19, an Army Reserve private from Torrington, and Kyle Majewski, 19, a a machinist from Sandisfield, Massachusetts, appeared before a judge at 9:30 a.m. on Monday.
They are suspected of setting two fires within a two-hour span, police said.
The first fire was discovered at a house on Wheeler Road around 11 p.m. on Saturday. No one was home at the time.
As firefighters were finishing up extinguishing the first fire, a state trooper was answering a call from a homeowner who reported intruders in her home and spotted a second fire at the Norfolk Curling Club on Golf Drive.
The entire front end of the building, which is where the hockey rink is located, was in flames when firefighters arrived, Norfolk fire spokesperson John Barbagallo said.
“The wood frame in the front, the metal frame of the hockey rink did experience quite a lot of damage,” Barbagallo said.
Around 1:30 a.m., a man called state police to report he had been a car crash on Mountain Road in Norfolk, about a mile from the fire at the Curling Club and the location of the home break in.
Troopers responding to the crash said the two men in on car were connected to the two fires, as well as the break in of the home on Westside Road.
The teens have been charged with arson in the second degree, criminal mischief and burglary and were held on $250,000 bond, pending a court o appearance on Monday.
The bail commissioner at the Bantam courthouse said both men have substance abuse issues.
Their lawyers won't say much.
"I just ask that you don't pass judgment on him yet until all the facts are out," James Townsend, Majewski's lawyer, said.
"They're charged with a crime, obviously, these are just allegations," Carey's attorney, William Conti, said.
Jeff Torrant, a long-time member of the curling club, was teary-eyed about the loss.
“We've had a lot of good times here. I met my wife here,” he said.
Nearly 70 firefighters battled the two blazes that left two properties extensively damaged.