FAIRFIELD — A fire Thursday off of Air Base Parkway burned a homeless camp that residents of a nearby apartment say they’ve tried to get city officials to address.
“The city needs to do something,” said Sunny Hester, 30, who lives in the Autumn Wood apartments across from the site of the fire that was reported at 3:27 p.m. and burned only a small section of brush but sent up thick black smoke.
About 10 shopping carts and bedding material were at the site of the fire, which residents of the apartment at 1111 Alaska Ave. said became a homeless camp about three months ago.
“I understand stuff’s bad all over,” apartment resident Leona Marvick said of people without homes.
She said at first the camp wasn’t a problem, but fights in the middle of the night followed. People at the camp dug an informal system for waste, about two months ago a Hibachi heating device appeared and homeless people came to the apartment to fill jugs with water, she said.
“It’s ridiculous,” Marvick said of the situation.
Massive fights would take place about every third weekend. Marvick said she called police. It’s hard to believe the fire site used to be a clean section of trees off Air Base Parkway, she said.
Kristi Gillman, who also lives in the apartments, said thefts of bicycles and barbecue equipment from Auburn Wood took place after the camp was established.
Matt Luckenbach, battalion chief with the Fairfield Fire Department, said the blaze that burned about 20 by 20 feet was possibly started by homeless people.
“We have weekly fires that are in homeless camps,” he said. “They’re very common.”
“It’s an ongoing problem,” Luckenbach said.
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