Investigation into fire continues
GREENWICH — The town Fire Marshal is continuing an investigation into a fast-moving fire that tore through a house on Locust Road Aug. 10.
Fire Marshal Chris Pratico said an official determination of what caused the fire has not been made yet. The determination could be made next week.
The building at 15 Locust Road, which, according to town records, is owned by Anne Pauletti, was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
Fire protection in the northwest corner of the town has been the source of community debate. The engine company based in Glenville, closest to the northwest, responded to the house fire in 11 minutes. The response time in many other sections of Greenwich averages about five minutes.
The house was completely engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived.
Residents and leaders in northwest Greenwich have renewed the push for a fire station closer to their homes.
A sense of the meeting resolution urging First Selectman Peter Tesei to include funding for a new fire station in next year’s budget will be considered by the Representative Town Meeting on Sept. 17.
Tesei, a strong proponent of building a new station in the area, has said he will include money in the budget if it appears the RTM will support it.
In 2016, the RTM cut funding to purchase 4.76 acres on King Street for a new fire and GEMS station, calling instead for a study of town fire services to determine whether the station was needed. Tesei included that in his next budget, but in 2017, the RTM voted to cut the study, stopping the project again.