FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — A massive fire ripped through a 54-unit condo building in Norwalk on Monday afternoon, causing widespread damage and leaving over 100 people homeless.
Even as residents rallied to help those affected by collecting needed items and money, Investigators said the fire was caused by carelessly discarded smoking materials. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported.
That tragic event was the most read story of the week at Daily Voice. Here are other top stories:
- After 20 years as head chef at Tequila Mockingbird in New Canaan, El Salvador native Nicho Guevara and business partner Ryan Gillespie are opening Tequila Revolucion in Fairfield on Dec. 18 at 1851 Post Road.
Police are asking for help in identifying a woman suspected of stealing more than $2,000 worth of razors in three shoplifting incidents at Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff in Fairfield. (See photo above, call police headquarters at 203-254-4808 if you have information.
Kervin Jean-Baptiste, 27, of Norwalk, and Jonathan Vargas, 28, of Danbury were arrested in connection with an attempted home invasion at an apartment near downtown Danbury in which one of them was shot, police said.
Thick smoke from burning marijuana greeted officers as they executed a search-and-seizure warrant at 8 Muffin Lane in Norwalk, and Zachary Fisher, Sean Michalski and Michael Doyle were found inside and arrested, police said .
A Bronx woman was charged with third-degree assault after throwing hot tea at another woman during an argument at a Wilton Dunkin' Donuts, police said.
- Fairfield native Kristen Santos is competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in speedskating this weekend, despite suffering a devastating hand injury at the World Cup in China just weeks ago.
The Beardsley Zoo welcomed two tiger kittens — but it looks like staffers are more excited than their massive mom. The zoo’s 10-year-old Amur tiger Changbai gave birth to four cubs on Nov. 25. Sadly, two died, and Changbai showed no interest in the remaining two females. “We are hand feeding the babies five times a day,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho.
The Westfield Trumbull Mall will soon have a new owner as part of a nearly $16 billion transaction. The Australian-based Westfield Corp. has been acquired by Unibail-Rodamco, headquartered in Paris. Westfield Corp. owns 30 malls, including the Westfield Trumbull Mall and the shopping center at the World Trade Center.
Famed chef Mario Batali, who owns the popular Tarry Lodge in Westport, is the latest man to come under fire after accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct. He has been removed as co-host of the afternoon talk show "The Chew" on ABC.
Tucker West, who learned the sport of luge on a track built in the backyard of his Ridgefield home by his father, will be making his second trip to the Olympics. West was the youngest man ever to represent the U.S. in luge when he went to the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014. Now 22, West is heading to the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the top luger from the U.S.
- Parents have launched an online petition drive in an attempt to stop the Stratford Board of Education’s plan to lay off more than 40 teachers in the middle of the school year.
- A Wall Of Remembrance — a temporary exhibit of photos of the victims — was on display at the Newtown Municipal Center as the town marked the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting.
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