East Haddam Home Destroyed By Early-Morning Fire

Fire officials said the vacant home on Mount Parnassus Road was frequently used by squatters.

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A Mount Parnassus Road home that fire officials say was used by squatters was destroyed by a fire early this morning.

At 2:45 a.m., a passerby called in a fire at a vacant home on Mount Parnassus Road, according to The Hartford Courant. By the time firefighters arrived, the home was engulfed in flames, according to the newspaper.

Fire officials said the home was frequently used by squatters and they could have started the fire, according to The Hartford Courant. The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Semi Happy Resident December 16, 2013 at 09:43 AM
To clarify the Hartford Courant's report - the home was not used by squatters. I live near by and would have reported it. The house does have a sordid past in that the father was arrested over a year ago for child pornography. After his arrest he skipped bail and took off. The son stayed and didn't pay the mortgage and got kicked out this year. There have been new tire tracks occasionally (about once a month) there that went to the back of the house but the car was gone by the morning. I don't know if it was the son picking up his belongings or not. But it was not in squatter format.
Chico's Bail Bonds December 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I too live nearby. Since 2008, in separate incidents, the owner was arrested for child porn, drugs, DUI, and trying to meet a 13 year old girl he solicited online at the waterford mall for sex (who thankfully turned out to be a police sting). Until last year he creepily lived in this house, conveniently located, on a corner with a school bus stop. The kids have called this house "the rapist's house" since 2008. He never went to jail, but at least he finally disappeared after the bail bondsman put bounty notices in all the mailboxes on the street. I recall a volunteer fireman truck parked in the street often when the delinquent son was "squatting" there. hmmm?


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