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25 Suspicious Road Side Fires in Wolcott Under Investigation

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    The Wolcott Police Department is investigating the cause of nearly 25 suspicious roadside fires, which have been growing in frequency since April.

    The Wolcott Police Department is investigating the cause of nearly 25 suspicious roadside fires, which have been growing in frequency since April.

    Of the 25 roadside brush fires that have occurred in town since April 27, Wolcott’s police and fire departments consider the majority of them to be suspicious, according to Police Chief Edward Stephens.

    “It’s not just thunder or lightening,” Stephens said.  “Something’s going on here.”

    According to Stephens, on any given night, about three of these small brush fires will pop up within minutes of each other and the fires typically occur within a one to three mile radius of one another.

    The fires became less frequent during the summer months, but started back up again at the end of October.

    There were eight of these fires on the night of November 12 alone, according to data from the town’s fire department.

    Stephens said that the fires are not specific to any one area of town, but have been happening all over, usually after 1 a.m.  He said that they are always located away from houses and on the edge of roadways.

    In a post on the police department’s Facebook page, Fire Marshall James Frageau asks all residents to report any suspicious activity regarding the fires to contact the Wolcott Police Department at 203-879-1414.