Officials: Fire on Hancock Avenue in Bridgeport may have been arson

Bridgeport officials say a fire that destroyed a vacant home may have been arson. (2/10/14)

BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport officials say a fire that destroyed a vacant home may have been arson.

The fire broke out yesterday on Hancock Avenue at about 10 p.m.

Officials say a dog from the state fire marshal's office picked up on an accelerant. Samples have been sent to the state police laboratory.

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Neighbors were forced out of their homes for several hours. Authorities say they had to cut power to the neighborhood for several hours because of the fire.

A firefighter reportedly fell out of a bucket truck while working to put out the fire, but was able to grab onto a tree. Officials say he is OK now and is back on duty.

No other injuries were reported.

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