A man who along with his wife was seriously injured in a fire early Friday that heavily damaged a home at 19 Beaver Dam Trail has been arrested on several charges, police said.
Glenn Alburtus, 60, is charged with second-degree threatening, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful restraint and disorderly conduct, Police Lt. Kevin Roche said. Police expect more charges will be filed as the investigation continues.
Alburtus was under police guard in the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, Roche said.
Susan Albertus, was flown to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was in critical condition on Friday night, Roche said. The hospital could not confirm that Susan Alburtus was a patient.
Police said the cause of the fire, which is being treated as a "criminal incident," is under investigation. A search-and-seizure warrant was secured for the house Friday, Roche said. The state fire marshal and the Old Saybrook and East Lyme fire marshal were called in, and a state police arson dog was brought to the scene.
Police said they received several 911 calls at about 5:15 a.m. reporting yelling and screaming in the Beaver Dam Trail house, and when they arrived there they found a woman screaming for help from the second floor, Roche said. Officers broke into the house, but were driven back by flames and smoke inside, he said. Firefighters arrived to douse the blaze, and allow rescuers to find the victims.
The fire was out by about 6:50 a.m., officials said. A police officer and a firefighter were injured in the fire and were taken to a hospital, where they were treated and released, officials said.
Next door neighbor Bob Chase said Glen and Susan Alburtus bought the house at 19 Beaver Dam Trail in July 2007 and have lived there since. He said he didn't know them very well.
He said he woke up at 5:30 a.m. and noticed a "huge glow" outside his window and saw "tremendous" flames.
"The flames were above the roof," he said.
Another neighbor, Tony Lyons, said Glenn and Susan Alburtus kept to themselves.
Lyons said his wife woke up at 5:30 a.m. to the sound of yelling. They both looked out the window, saw flames and then went outside to look at the house.
"It was engulfed in flames. I'm surprised it's still standing," he said.
Police said there have no record of responding to calls at the Alburtus home during the past five years.
FOX CT reporter Ayana Harry contributed to this report.Copyright © 2015, CT Now