Firefighters battled a working a fire at an abandoned home at 52 Laurel Street in Waterbury.
The fire was reported at 11:30 a.m. and crews had to cut their way into the house, which was boarded up.
Residents in the area said homeless people have been known to hand out at the house.
No one was in the house when the fire started and no injuries are reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.