Southwood Fire Caused by Man Using Blowtorch

Nine people were displaced by the fire Friday night at 933 Rubber Ave.


A fire that displaced nine people at the Southwood Gardens apartment complex Friday was caused by a man using a blowtorch to remove glue from a kitchen floor.

That is according to Naugatuck Fire Marshal Bill Scanlon, who said the man was trying to remove glue that was used to hold tiles on the floor. The tiles had recently been removed and the man was trying to melt the glue, Scanlon said.

The fire is ruled an accident, Scanlon said. He did not release the man’s name and said it is unclear at this point whether the man was working on behalf of the apartment complex. Scanlon said he also did not know whether the man was licensed as a home contractor and that a police detective is looking into that.

The fire spread from a floor in apartment A of complex eight to a sheetrock wall and moved quickly, Scanlon said. Several people were inside the complex when the fire broke out. Neighbors and police officers knocked on doors and got everybody out. Nobody was injured.

Read more about the fire here.

A neighbor is organizing a fundraiser to help those who have been displaced. Scanlon said the apartment complex has vacant buildings that it will put the families in temporarily.

pam neves-loureiro December 09, 2012 at 06:59 PM
southwood resident, i agree with u.. southwood apartemtns are run down and gross.. even the outside is bad.. the owners are aholes who dont do shit.. my friend had no heat for twos bec of the boilers.. the guy should have gotton more then a slap on the hands,,
Paul Singley December 09, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Hey guys. I understand the concerns. Just an FYI, I believe he can be charged if he is performing this kind of work without a license. So we'll stay on top of this story. Thanks. Best of luck.
Gurln3xtd0or December 09, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I'm sorry but my apartment is nice and so is the outside so I don't no what ur talking about saying its run down and gross
southwood resident 10 December 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I havel lived here a while a few days ago,maintenance was tp replace a wimdow in my apartment. It was about 30 degrees out side, well he came in the house, took the whole big window out, and did not put up any plastic or cardboard. I have been sick for about 7 months..He left it like that for an hour and a half. So to the person who has a great appt. They must live up at the top of the appts. Take a walk around especcialy at the bottom, The grass cutters cut my flowers down, and get grass all over the cars. Sorry for the spelling.
Jay December 11, 2012 at 01:03 AM


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