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.

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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.

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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.

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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