Officials intend to keep a closer eye on this vacant River Road property after a group of teenagers is suspected of starting a fire there last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
A small fire on the property of a vacant River Road home last Thursday afternoon has opened the eyes of Fair Haven officials to a popular hangout spot for teenagers, who are suspected of having started the fire.
Fire Chief Jim Cerruti said firefighters responded at about 5p Thursday to a report of a fire at the former home of Olga Schwenker Doremus, who died in 2004. No one was there when the department arrived, but Cerruti suspects teenagers who set the fire. Aerosol cans were found at the scene.
“The house itself was not damaged,” he said. “It was like a camp fire, for lack of a better term.”
Last month, Zachary Buttler, a 15-year-old from the Belford section of Middletown, died after he fell from the roof of another vacant Fair Haven house that neighbors said was an attraction for teenagers.