NORWALK, Conn. – A morning garage fire on Woodward Avenue Wednesday injured a man, according to police, and a second man was being questioned as a possible arson suspect.
The injured man, whose identity had not yet been released, was being treated in Norwalk Hospital with burns on his arms and back, according to Deputy Fire Chief Chris King.
The severity of the victim’s burns were not immediately known, King said, adding that there was a chance the man might be transported to the burn unit at Bridgeport Hospital for further evaluation.
Police said the fire was called in just before 10 a.m., and King said the detached garage behind the home at 42 Woodward Ave. was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived. It took about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.
“The injured man was outside standing, talking to police, when we arrived,” King said, adding that the man was transported by ambulance to the hospital soon after.
According to Police Sgt. Jim Boff, a suspect was apprehended shortly after at the nearby Open Door Shelter on Merritt Street, but because the investigation is continuing he did not have many details.
The 42-year old suspect – a Norwalk resident of no known address – had not been charged as of 11:45 a.m., but he was being questioned by police detectives, Boff said.
King said the exact cause of the fire was still under investigation. “At this time, it’s undetermined if an accelerant was used. Fire marshals will interview the parties soon.”