Officials: Torrington man suspected in fires at emergency facilities

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The Torrington man suspected of setting fires in several emerency facilities Saturday was taken into custody in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Richard White, 37, faces arson and burglary charges in Old Saybrook, where police said he used a moltov cocktail to set fire to a Hunter Ambulance Facility on Boston Post Road. State police said White is the suspect in similar fires at facilities in Roxbury. It is unclear if state police have obtained a warrant for his arrest.

“This individual has targeted those who we count on to save lives” said Michael A. Spera, Old Saybrook chief of police. “Our Officers have worked diligently all evening obtaining both search and arrest warrants in an effort to quickly stop these violent attacks against public safety and cause the suspect to be taken into custody.”

The Old Saybrook Police and Fire Department report that White was the sole supsect in an arson fire started at the town’s Hunters Ambulance Facility on Saturday afternoon. Old Saybrook Police said White was connected to other arson fires started around the state on Saturday.

Connecticut State Police reported that White is suspected to have started two fires in Roxbury, at 27 North Street and 118 West Chalybes Road, on Saturday.

The State Police Fire and Explosive Investigation Unit was requested by the local fire marshal. The agency determined that the fires were set intentionally. The Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crimes Squad was also requested to assist.

Another fire at 7 Blackville Road in Washington was reported on Saturday, however officials did not definitively state that they had linked this incident to the others.

There have been no injuries reported at this time.

White was found in Pennsylvania on Saturday evening at 10 p.m. Old Saybrook Police has reported that it has a warrant set for White’s arrest that is extraditable. White’s bond was set at $150,000.

Connecticut Media Group