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July 4, 2016

Press Release

Department of Public Safety
Vermont State Police & Division of Fire Safety
Investigators: Det. Sgt. Todd Ambroz – VSP; Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Spicer – DFS
Case# 16A103288
Date of Incident: July 4, 2016 @ approximately 3:40 AM
Victims: Kevin (age 46) & Nikki Sleeper (age 34)

Summary of Investigation: On July 4th, 2016 at approximately 3:45 AM the South Burlington Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 213 Cobblestone Circle after receiving a 911 call.  Upon their arrival the entire front of the house was in flames.  The owners of the house, Kevin and Nikki Sleeper, woke up at 3:40 AM to the smell of smoke coming into their second story bedroom windows.  They saw the glow of the fire on the area outside the front porch of the house.  They were able to grab their 22 month old daughter from her second floor bedroom and escape out a side door on the first floor.  They had two guests in the basement they had to alert and everybody made it out of the home safely.  At 4:30 AM Captain Craig Rounds of the S. Burlington Fire Department contacted the State Police and Division of Fire Safety to request an origin and cause investigation.  Det. Sgt. Todd Ambroz - VSP and Assistant Fire Marshal Paul Spicer-DFS responded to the residence at 5:30 AM.  Based on statements of the occupants, the first responding fire fighters, and an examination of the scene the fire was determined to have started on the outside porch area on the front of the house.  A recessed/can light that was above the front door in the ceiling of the overhang porch was the only competent source of ignition that was able to be located in the area of origin.  Due to the extensive damage to the home and the structural integrity being compromised the electrical system could not be traced back completely to the source of the problem.  The home, and their vehicles parked in the garage, are considered a total loss.  An estimate of damage of the home, contents, and vehicles is approximately $750,000.  This fire is not considered suspicious, but anyone having any information, photographs or videos, is encouraged to contact Det. Sgt. Todd Ambroz of the Vermont State Police at the Williston Barracks at 878-7111 or via email at

The Vermont State Police and the Division of Fire Safety would like to remind everyone to ensure they have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.  All smoke alarms greater than 10 years old should be replaced with new photoelectric type smoke alarms.  For more information on home fire safety visit our website at 

(the attached photo is a sky view digital photograph of the house taken from the South Burlington Fire Department’s ladder truck). 

Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz
A-Troop Fire Investigation Unit
Williston, VT 05495
Office 802-878-7111
Fax 802-878-2742