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October 24, 2016

PRESS RELEASE/VERMONT STATE POLICE/16C203517

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE

              

CASE#: 16C203517

TROOPER: Detective Sergeant Thomas Williams and Division of Fire Safety Investigators                        

STATION:  Rutland                   

CONTACT#: 802-773-9101

DATE/TIME: 10-24-2016 @ approximately 0339hrs.

LOCATION: 874 VT Route 22A, Panton , VT

VIOLATION: Structure Fire (Fatality & Injuries)

Owner: Harold & Muriel Neel

City of Residence: Same as above.

ACCUSED:    NA         

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SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

               On 10-24-16 at approximately 0339 hrs. the Vergennes Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 874 VT Route 22A, in Panton, VT.  A passerby had called in the fire. Upon the arrival of the first fire personnel, the home was found to be completely engulfed in flames. The home was completely destroyed and partially collapsed during firefighting efforts. Damages are estimated at approximately $150,000. The three occupants were injured in the fire.  Harold Neel suffered minor burns.    Susan Idle, who was living at the residence, suffered 2nd and 3rd. degree burns and was transported to the University of Vermont Medical Center.  Muriel Neel perished in the fire.

                

The Fire Chief, Jim Burar, contacted the Vermont State Police and requested an origin and cause investigation of the fire.  Detectives from the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit along with Investigators from the Division of Fire Safety responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.   

             

            Investigators have determined that the fire cause is undetermined at this time and the circumstances not to be suspicious.  The fire started at the rear of the residence on an exterior deck.  A smoking area was located within this area.  The fire spread quickly due to the high wind conditions.

 

The investigation is ongoing at this time.  Anyone with any additional information is asked to call Det./Sgt. Thomas Williams at 802-773-9101 at the Rutland Barracks.

            

 

COURT ACTION:  N/A

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DET./SGT. Thomas Williams

Vermont State Police

Bureau of Criminal Investigations

Fire/Explosions Investigation Unit

Deputy State Fire Marshal

Rutland Field Station

124 State Place

Rutland, VT. 05701

Phone:(802)773-9101

Fax(802)775-6968

thomas.williams@vermont.gov