NEWTOWN, Conn. — A massive blaze that destroyed a vacant mansion on Castle Hill Road in Newtown early Wednesday appears to be a case of arson, The Hartford Courant reported.
The call at 2 a.m. Wednesday was for a brush fire, but firefighters from Newtown Hook and Ladder arrived to find the 12,000-square-foot home engulfed in flames.
The over 100-year-old house, the former estate of the Gretsch family, has been uninhabited for years and had no electrical service, the Courant said. It was sold in 1995 to the Bridgeport Diocese, which in turn sold it in 2013 for $1.74 million to Castle Real Estate Holdings.
The house was so badly damaged that the charred remains were immediately knocked down with an excavator, the Courant said.
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