Two Enfield Men Among Three Charged In Somersville Mill Fire

Three young people have been charged in connection with the June 2 blaze that destroyed the 150-year-old former mill.

Three young people, including two from Enfield, have been arrested in connection with the Somersville Mill fire on June 2, according to Connecticut state police.

Wesley Hall, 20, of 14 Long Hollow Rd. in Enfield, Christopher Jackson, 21, of 42 Armstrong Rd. in Enfield, and Erin Houle, 23, of 48 Enfield St. in Indian Orchard, MA, all turned themselves in at Troop C in Tolland on Monday.

Each has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal mischief, and third-degree criminal trespass.

Hall and Jackson were given a Rockville Superior Court date of Oct. 1 after posting $5,000 cash/surety court set bonds. Houle was held on a court set $5,000 cash/surety bond. She was transported to Rockville Superior Court for arraignment, and was released on a promise to appear on Oct 1.

On June 2, at approximately 2:19 a.m., the Somers Fire Department , along with several other surrounding fire departments, responded to a reported structure fire at 40 Maple St. in Somers, formally known as the Somersville Mill. 

Upon arrival, responding firefighters were met with a fast-moving fire that engulfed the former 150,000-square-foot textile mill building built in 1860.  

Troop C Troopers and Somers Resident State Troopers, along with detectives from the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit and detectives from Eastern District Major Crime Squad Troop C responded to conduct the investigation into this fire.

State Police Detectives processed the crime scene, obtained evidence and interviewed several witnesses. After a lengthy criminal investigation, detectives developed three suspects who were trespassing in the mill 15 minutes before the fire was called in to 911.

The three suspects were cooperative and provided information regarding the mill fire. 

gone fishing September 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
It's sad not seeing the arson charges, such a decent peice of the towns history gone, but the prosecutor has to be able to prove the "intent" for the arson and if you can't prove the "intent" then they probably won't be charged.
B A Dragon September 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
If they can't charge arson, I hope they sue for all the costs involved in putting out the fire and cleaning up the site. These are all adults who should be responsible - even if they have to pay cash for the rest of their lives.
Greeneyedbandit September 18, 2012 at 05:44 PM
guess the fire was started with cigg butts. wasn't intentional. lucky for them or they would be doing some serious time.
Mom of 3 September 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM
This will be interesting considering one of the suspects (the underaged one that was drinking) is the son of a town councilwoman and the police captain. They are being cooperative? I didn't read where they confessed to the crime 3 months ago.....they waited til they were caught and many, many dollars were spent to investigate.
Bob Fahey September 19, 2012 at 01:25 PM
@ mom of three this was cut and pasted from the article .." All three suspects cooperated with police throughout the investigation, and turned themselves in Monday." As far as arson charges it would have to be a malicious act to charge them with Arson and Evidently underage drinking, carelessnes , and just simply being stupid doesn't fall into that category ..


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