VSP investigates fatality at scene of wildland fire

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VSP investigates fatality at scene of wildland fire

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 4:50pm -- tim



CASE#: 22B2001875

TROOPER: Det. Sgt. Matthew Hill                                               

STATION: Royalton Barracks – Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit                

CONTACT#: (802)234-9933


DATE/TIME: May 12, 2022 – Time of Call: 2023 hours

LOCATION: Jones Mountain Road Rochester, VT

INCIDENT: Fatal Fire Investigation


VICTIM: Name withheld pending notification of family


Vermont State Police On May 12, 2022 at approximately 2023 hours The Vermont State Police were notified of an untimely death by the Rochester Fire Department.  The fire department discovered a deceased male in the woods while they were extinguishing a wildland fire on Jones Mountain Road in Rochester.

The deceased was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification. The results of the autopsy are pending.

Members of the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit responded to the fire scene on May 13, 2022 to conduct an origin and cause examination.  That scene examination revealed that the deceased was located in the woods approximately 200 yards east of a homestead.  It appears the deceased had been attempting to suppress the fire by himself.  There is no indication that the fire was the result of direct human involvement and does not appear to be a criminal event. 

Approximately 2 – 3 acres of woodland had been burned in the fire and was successfully extinguished by the fire department. 

As more information becomes available it will be released to the public.

Anyone with information about this fire event is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Royalton at (802)234-9933.