Third Suspicious Fire Breaks Out At Vacant Salem Farm

(Salem, Conn./CBS Connecticut) – State Police are investigating three fires at an abandoned farm in Salem.

The first blaze at the Boudreau Pheasant Farm occurred on August 24 just before 2:00 p.m.  In that incident a grass fire spread to a large coop, burning half of the building.

The second fire took place a little before 3:00 p.m. on August 30.  It caused minor damage to a small coop.

This morning, the Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Department extinguished flames that broke out on a pile of debris.  A large pile of brush and wood was on fire.

There were no injuries reported, but firefighters say they are worried someone could be hurt by one of the fires.

The farm on Old Colchester Road in Salem is not in operation any more.

The farmer became ill and was unable to continue working.

Grass has grown about 6-feet tall in areas.  Several years ago, the farm produced thousands of pheasants, partridges, and quail.

The Salem Resident Trooper’s office launched in initial investigation.

Detectives from the State Police Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit, as well as the Eastern District Major Crime division has assumed the investigation.

Anyone with information on one or both of the fires is asked to call State Police at (860) 465-5456.

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