House fire still under investigation

Police have interviewed several people in connection with the 131 E. Main St. fire late Sunday night that caused about $330,000 worth of damage. Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said he has done several interviews, but declined to be more specific.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

Police have interviewed several people in connection with the 131 E. Main St. fire late Sunday night that caused about $330,000 worth of damage.

Norwalk Police Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton said he has done several interviews, but declined to be more specific.

"The fire on Main Street in Norwalk is still under investigation. No origin or cause has yet been determined," said Shane Cartmill, the spokesman for the state fire marshal, via e-mail.

The homeowner, Doug Berry, was not home at the time of the fire, called in six minutes before midnight. He declined to comment Monday.

Neighbors said there was fire coming out of the back of the historical home and the front porch when firefighters arrived at 11:57 a.m. Gail Leto, of 129 E. Main St., who called 9-1-1, said she could feel the heat from her upstairs bedroom.

Capt. Tom Frey, in his report, said flames were coming out of the first floor windows on the west and rear sides of Berry's home when firefighters got there.

"We launched an aggressive attack using handlines and class 'A' foam to control the fire. (The) fire extended into the walls and stairways to involve the second floor," Frey wrote.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in less than an hour, but returned several hours later to extinguish a "rekindle" that went above the kitchen, extending into the attic.

Chief Doug Coletta has said the fire started on the west side living room and gutted the home built in 1878. Berry, the owner of Berry's Restaurant, has lived there between 15 and 20 years.

Frey's report indicates that the home, valued at about $229,000 with $100,000 worth of contents, was a total loss.

Comments

Ward & Barbara ...

This home has always been one of our favorites here in Norwalk; its unique beauty turned our heads nearly every time we passed. When relatives or friends came to town and wanted a Main Street tour, we were always sure to take them past the one we fondly called "The Addams Family house." Our heartfelt condolences to Doug Berry on this loss, knowing that a home is much, much more than the bricks and wood of which it's made.

wizardess (Anon...

Norwalk has many beautiful historical landmark homes. I hope there's enough left to restore it and that the cost is not astronomical. More importantly, no one was home to be injured and the neighboring homes were not harmed.

Lynn Baldwin Wa...

I grew up in Norwalk and went to school with those mentioned in the article. I just visted Norwalk in April and took my husband on a tour of the beautiful homes that I remembered from my childhood and adolescence.

My heart goes out to the Berry family. My own home burned here in Florida right before Christmas in 2003, so I can somewhat empathize with you, however, no one can really understand your loss.

Take care of yourselves and lean on your friends for comfort.

You will be in my prayers.