A trailer owned by an ardent Jack Davis supporter in Darien that was badly damaged in a fire on May 9 is being investigated as an arson, according to Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster.
But the torching is not considered a political act, Brewster said.
It's probably related to an April 1 fire in an unoccupied fire at 9427 Alexander Road, Alexander.
In both cases, holes were found in the floors of the trailers, which is consistent with somebody setting a fire and using an accelerant.
In both cases, no other cause -- electrical, natural gas, lightning, etc. -- could be uncovered.
"When there's nothing there that is believed to have been able to cause it to catch fire, then we have to look at possible human involvement," Brewster said.
No suspects have been identified.
Brewster said investigators have little to go on -- no gas can left behind with finger prints, no witnesses, no physical evidence.
"Bottom line, unless you have something that connects somebody to that fire, you’re stuck," Brewster said. "It's very difficult. Arsons are very difficult."
Brewster said investigators have been canvassing the neighborhoods looking for witnesses.
He said there's no indication the owner of either trailer had somebody motivated to damage their property for personal reasons.
The May 9 fire was at 11198 Tinkham Road, Darien. The property is owned by Charlie Flagg, a local artist who had planted 5,000 Jack Davis signs in his yard.
"When you have a structure that is not being used and all the sudden it catches on fire, all the sudden your eyebrows are going to go up," Brewster said.
Anybody with information that might assist in the investigation are asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 343-5000.