IT WAS HEAVILY INSURED. NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 15. - Early this morning at New-Canaan the large three-story dwelling house, situated near what is known as "Selleck's Corners," was discovered to be in flames. In less than an hour, despite the active work by the local fire companies, the building and its contents were totally destroyed.
The house and its immediate surroundings have for some years borne a queer reputation and at one time the place was said to be haunted by the spirit of a Mrs. Selleck, who had previously figured as the victim in a most atrocious murder. A few months ago the place was purchased by Herman Fifer, who on several occasions has been arrested on charges of violating local option and other laws. The house was heavily insured.
The New York Times
New York, New York
September 16, 1888