Here’s a poser, sent in by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous:
Last night at 11 pm the yellow excavator working to break up the rock under 86 Lockwood (the former little red house) BLEW UP. Huge noise, lots of flames, many firetrucks, no one hurt. The authorities commenced to reflect on who would have an interest in wrecking the excavator. The builder, who appeared promptly, indicated he had no idea.
Puzzling- do we have eco-terrorists in Riverside?
As an aside, but while we’re in the neighborhood, I went down Hearthstone Drive yesterday and counted four, perhaps five houses in various stages of demolition. Can there really be that much demand for $3.4 million houses in this tiny section of Riverside? Guess we’ll see (86 Lockwood is a bespoke house, so it seems unlikely that one of the Hearthstone builders is trying to knock off a competitor – more likely, it was an act of vandalism committed by one of those Belle Haven/Brunswick kids wearing a Che T shirt. Or maybe a Choatie?).
UPDATE: Greenwich Time catches up with the story. Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Zack promises an investigation but he’s not off to a good start, judging from this:
“Zack said he had no information on whom the excavator belonged to or what it was doing there last night.”
I’m sure fire investigation is a complex task, with many clues to be unraveled, but if I saw an excavator perched by a foundation hole of a house under construction I’d at least entertain the notion that “what it was doing there” was connected to that work. As for who owned the machinery, Zack might have simply asked the contractor, who was right there beside him. GCs usually know the names of their subs.