Arsonist suspected as possible cause of two Stamford fires, police say

STAMFORD — City police believe an arsonist may be behind two of three fire that happened in the same day on the city’s West Side.

Sgt. Sean Scanlan said investigators are working to identify a man who was caught on surveillance footage near two fires early Thursday morning.

The first fire happened in a dumpster on Schuyler Avenue, which is located just down the street from the Stamford Hospital, according to Stamford Fire Chief Trevor Roach.

The second fire was reported around 5 a.m., when the fire department received multiple calls about a structure fire on Fairfield Avenue.

Deputy Fire Chief Matt Palmer said the fire was so large, two adjacent multifamily homes also suffered damage.

"This was a fast-moving fire that involved the entire rear of a large multi-family home in the very early morning hours. If it were not for the immediate actions of the first-arriving firefighters from the West Side Fire Station, this fire would have quickly extended to several adjacent structures and placed numerous additional lives at risk," Palmer said.

During the battle with the blaze, one firefighter suffered a minor injury, according to Palmer. The firefighter was treated at the scene and did not require transport to the hospital.

Fire marshals later determined that the causes of the fires were not natural and could be arson.

Later Thursday afternoon, firefighters responded to another fire at a three-story home located next to Outpost Pizza on Selleck Street, nearly a mile away from where the second fire occurred.

Roach said fire marshals are still investigating the cause of the third fire.

Anyone with information on the man suspected of being involved in the two fires is asked to contact the Stamford Police Department’s Property Crime Unit at 203-977-4407.

The public can also submit a confidential text tip to Tip411. Anyone with a cellphone can send an anonymous tip to the Stamford Police Department by texting the word “StamfordPD” and the tip information to 847411 (tip411).