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November 14, 2016

Press Release

Press Release:
Case # 15A105743
Investigators: Det. Sgt. Ambroz – VSP, Assistant Fire Marshal (AFM) Cerutti – Div. of Fire Safety
Date/Time: November 13, 2016 @ 1 AM
Address: 36 Worcester Road, Stowe, VT
Owners of the home: Kathleen and William Shea of Fairfield, CT
Tenant in the home: Daniel Snyder, age 31

On November 13, 2016 at approximately 1 AM the Stowe Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 36 Worcester Road in Stowe.  Upon their arrival they found the entire two story home engulfed in flames, including the basement.  The Stowe firefighters battled the blaze for several hours and were able to save a small portion of an attached garage.  Assistant Fire Chief Kyle Walker contacted the Vermont State Police to request an origin and cause investigation to determine how the fire started.  Det. Sgt. Ambroz and AFM Cerutti responded to the scene at 7 AM.  The home is owned by Kathleen and William Shea of Fairfield, CT, but they were not in the house at the time of the fire.  A basement apartment was occupied by Daniel Snyder, a tenant of a few years.  Snyder was cooking on his stove at midnight, but fell asleep on his couch.  He was awakened at approximately 1 AM by the sound of the smoke alarms going off and an apartment full of smoke.  He narrowly escaped the apartment along with his dog, and was able to get a neighbor to call 911 to report the fire.   An origin and cause investigation was conducted by Det. Sgt. Ambroz and AFM Cerutti.  it was determined the fire started in the living room and not in the kitchen and the actual cause of the fire is still under investigation.  About one month ago the owners of the home replaced the old smoke detectors throughout the house with brand new photoelectric smoke detectors.  Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.  SMOKE ALARMS save lives!  Nobody was injured in the fire and damage to the home is estimated to be at least $450,000.  Anyone having any further information regarding this fire is asked to please contact Det. Sgt. Todd Ambroz at the Williston State Police Barracks at 802-878-7111. 

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