Wilton police officer’s home destroyed by fire

Wilton Police Capt. Thomas Conlan’s home in Oxford burned down over the weekend, prompting family members to post a fund-raising page at youcaring.com.

“The  department does not have any comment on it at this time,” said Lt. Robert Kluk, spokesman for the department.

The fire at 12 Churchview Lane in Oxford occurred around 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, according to published reports. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

There were no injuries.

Alison Cubbellotti, a cousin of Ashley Conlan, the captain’s wife, posted on the YouCaring crowdsourcing page that Conlon was out of the house visiting with friends when the fire broke out. Ashley, a teacher, their children, Katie, Bryn and Jake, and a niece escaped the house in their pajamas. Conlon rushed home.

“Nothing in the house is salvageable, and they now must start from the ground up rebuilding their home and their lives,” Cubbellotti wrote.

The fund-raising page has a goal of $10,000. As of Oct. 4, $5,485 had been raised.

Conlan became an officer with the Wilton Police Department in 2000 and rose to the rank of sergeant in 2008. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2013, and captain in October 2015.

Conlan earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration from the University of New Haven and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the same institution.

He is a member of the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force and is the department liaison to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Norwalk. According to a colleague, “he has been a driving force in the department in combating domestic violence.”