'Suspicious' fire destroys Newport building

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'Suspicious' fire destroys Newport building

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 4:49pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On July, 24, 2020 at approximately 11:40 pm, Newport Center Fire Department responded to 156 Niles Road, Newport Center, for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a fully involved structure fire in the two story building. The building is a single family home with attached garage, but has been unoccupied for several years.

As part of his scene assessment, Newport Center Fire Chief Kurk Flynn contacted the VT Dept of Public Safety Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit for assistance in determining the origin and cause of this fire.

Members of the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit responded to the scene on 07/27/20 and initiated an origin and cause investigation.  It was determined that although there were no official tenants, there was the possibility of unauthorized individuals in the building. The owners reported unauthorized person(s) entering the property on numerous occasions. There was no power to the building.

This fire remains under investigation and is considered suspicious.

There were no reported injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Michael LaCourse at the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881 or by contacting the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program(VATAP) hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON(1-800-322-7766). The VATAP will pay up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION UNIT

VERMONT STATE POLICE - DERBY BARRACKS

Vermont State Police Case # 20A502858

FIRE INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse  - Vermont State Police,

Assistant State Fire Marshal Tim Angell - Division of Fire Safety

STATION: VSP Derby

CONTACT# 802-334-8881

DATE/TIME: 07/24/2020 Approximately 11:40 pm

INCIDENT LOCATION: 156 Niles Road, Newport Center, Vermont

INCIDENT: Fire Investigation - 20A502858

Homeowner(s):  Anthony & Sheila Baraw, Troy, VT

Remove From Front: 
Yes