The Fire Marshal is also required to investigate the origin and cause of all fires and explosions within the Town. These investigations include grass and woods fires, vehicle fires, room and contents fires as well as major structure fires including fatal fires.
Detectives from the Connecticut State Police Office of State Fire Marshal or the local police provide assistance in major investigations. We have found that these fires were caused by many different causes including mechanical or product failures, discarded smoking materials, accidental causes and intentional acts of arson. Improper and careless use of candles has caused a significant number of fires in the past and continues to be a problem here in Plainfield.
The Fire Marshal also serves as Burning Official for the Town, enforcing the State of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Air Quality regulations. All proposed locations of open burning are inspected, and if in compliance with State Regulations, written permits are issued. Investigations of illegal and non-permit burns are conducted with the State DEP Air Management investigators and the local police.