Newington Fire Marshal: Motel fire was set intentionally

First responders on the scene of a fire at the Grantmoor Motor Lodge on the Berlin Turnpike (WTNH/Stephanie Simoni)

NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Newington Fire Marshal Chris Schroeder confirmed to News 8 Wednesday that a fire at motel on the Berlin Turnpike early Tuesday morning was set intentionally.

Newington police officers are still investigating the fire that broke out at the Grantmoor Motor Lodge around 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Four police officers, a child and mother were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Original Story: 4 officers, 1 child, 1 parent injured in Newington fire

The Newington Fire Chief says a mother and child were staying in the room that backed up to where the fire started. A police officer knocked on the door to get them out, and that’s when other officers came to help.

“All of a sudden that’s when the police officers come running around both sides,” said witness Diane Fales.

It took about 30 miuntes to put out the flames. Firefighters heard smoke alarms, but investigators are trying to figure out if all of them were working when the fire broke out.

Police have not identified any suspect in the fire. They are continuing their investigation.