New Haven police, as well as state police, are investigating a possible case of arson at New Haven Police headquarters.
An officer who had finished his shift around 7:30 p.m. Friday noticed a towel on fire hanging from a locker in a men’s locker room at headquarters on Union Avenue, and called for the fire department as well as a supervisor.
He managed to put the fire out with a bottle of water, according to internal police memo, and the New Haven Fire Department determined the fire was suspicious.
Internal affairs and state Police arson investigators were then called in.
The internal memo says three officers were unable to go out on the streets because their patrol safety equipment was within the crime scene, but their beats were covered.
An internal investigation is underway and state police are assisting.