Electrical malfunction cited as cause of Thursday fire at Pequot Trail home

Electrical malfunction cited as cause of Thursday fire at Pequot Trail home

The Westerly Sun

STONINGTON — A blaze that tore through a vacant Pequot Trail home last Thursday was likely caused by an electrical problem on either the second or third floor.

Pawcatuck Fire Chief Kevin Burns said an investigation into the overnight fire, which caused significant damage to a home at 120 Pequot Trail that was in the closing stages of a sale, determined the blaze was not in any way suspicious and that it was “more probable than not” that the blaze was the result of an electrical malfunction within the walls of the home, either on the second or third floor.

“The official cause will remain undetermined due to the extent of damage, but it does appear it was the result of an electrical issue,” Burns said Monday.

Firefighters were initially called to the home just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday when a neighbor called to report seeing smoke and flames showing through a tree line that separated the properties. Pawcatuck firefighters were assisted by volunteers with Wequetequock, Old Mystic, North Stonington and Ashaway.

The house was scheduled for a sale closing July 20, according to an employee of Randall Realtors. Property records indicate that the home is owned by Walter F. Sheldon Jr., of Pawcatuck, who had taken ownership on July 3 from a family estate for the purpose of brokering the sale. The home had previously been listed under the ownership of the Estate of Adrienne A. Sheldon.

No one was home at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported in the response. Pawcatuck firefighters remained on the scene for several hours once the fire was extinguished to combat flare-ups, provide further ventilation and to assist investigators.

The case was investigated with assistance from the Connecticut State Police and the Stonington Police Department. Burns said the investigation is now closed.



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