Stonington — Police and fire officials are continuing to investigate a fire that displaced two businesses and about 20 tenants from a commercial and residential building in downtown Pawcatuck on Dec. 27.
Fire Marshal Kevin Burns said Wednesday night that the fire at 38 West Broad St. started in a sofa in a vacant and unlocked third-floor apartment. How the couch caught fire is still under investigation.
Police Detective Sgt. David Knowles said this afternoon that police are continuing to track down and interview all the people who were in the Walton Block building that day. He said the cause of the fire is still undetermined. Although the apartment was unoccupied for several days, he said, people may have still been going in and out of it.
The fire resulted in extensive water damage to a third of the building and none of the tenants and employees of a nail salon and computer business will be allowed to return until repairs are made to the front entry, Burns said.