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December 19, 2016

Fire

VSP Press Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
       
CASE#: 16b105507
TROOPER:   Detective Sergeant Larry Smith                            
STATION:  Fire Investigation Unit                   
CONTACT#: 802-748-3111

DATE/TIME: 12/16/2016 @ 0400 hours
LOCATION: 2582 Rt 5 West Burke
VIOLATION: Fire investigation



VICTIM: Curtis Mathewson
AGE: 31
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Bangor, Me.

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 12/16/2016 at approximately 0300 hours the West Burke Fire Department
responded to a reported house fire at the above location. When the fire
department arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames. The fire chief then
called for additional resources from East Burke Fire and Sutton Fire
Departments. The fire departments battled the fire in extreme cold temperatures
with accompanying high winds. Fire suppression efforts continued until the
adverse weather conditions began to take its toll on the men and equipment. The
fire was contained and reduced to just a smolder when all departments were
forced to leave to thaw out their equipment. The extreme cold temperatures
caused the responding fire trucks to ultimately freeze up to where they were
unable to flow water. Based on the circumstances surrounding the fire, the chief
requested an origin and cause investigation.

On this date Detective Sergeant Larry Smith and Division of Fire Safety
Investigator Paul Cerutti responded to investigate the fire. The structure was a
total loss and was still smoldering when investigators arrived. The
investigation was limited based on the weather conditions present, the fire
still smoldering and the location on Rt 5. Investigators are looking for any
information that may help establish a time frame as to when the fire started. If
anyone was in the area and may have seen the fire please contact the State
Police. The fire itself does not appear suspicious at this time but
investigators are looking to narrow down the time frame in which this fire
began. This case remains under investigation. 

Detective Sergeant Larry Smith
Vermont State Police
Fire Investigation Unit
Troop B
Office # 802-748-3111 Ext. 2525
Cell # 802-399-9406