$5,000 Reward Offered in West Haven Arson Case

The West Haven Fire Marshal’s office needs your help to identify who may have set a house on fire.

Charles Virzi is the owner of the 339 Center Street home that caught fire on July 11. He told NBC Connecticut on Friday that he will match the fire marshal’s office reward of $2,500. Now, a $5,000 reward will be offered to whoever gives authorities a tip that leads them to make an arrest.

Tenants of the home woke up to the home on fire around 3 a.m. on July 11. Fire Marshal Keith Flood said evidence shows ignitable liquids were found in the stairwell of the entryway of the two-family home.

The fire trapped a woman on the second floor and sent her to the hospital for several days. The stairs even burned completely, causing the woman to be rescued through a second flood back window.

“I’m concerned about my tenants because I look at them more like family than tenants. And if there’s something I could do to find out who did this to these people, that’s what I’m willing to do,” Said Virzi.

If you have any information, call the Connecticut arson hotline at 1-800-84-ARSON. You can also call Westport Police.

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