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December 30, 2016

Press Release

Case # 16C204320
Date: 12/30/16 at approximately 2 PM
Fire Investigators: Vermont State Police and Division of Fire Safety, Fire Investigation Unit
Address: 1643 Green Street, Waltham
Victim: Mirabai Verner-Lust, 28 yr old female/occupant of house

On December 29, 2016 the Vergennes Fire Department responded to a 911 call from 1643 Green Street in Waltham.  Mirabai Verner-Lust called to report her house was filled with smoke and on fire.  Upon arrival the fire department found a 2 ft X 2 ft area of carpet had been burned in the living room.  The fire was quickly extinguished and the smoke alarms were equipped with new batteries to alarm the occupants of a fire.  It is unknown, according to the occupant, how this fire may have started.  On December 30, 2016 at approximately 2 PM the Vergennes Fire Department returned to the same residence when a passing motorist noticed fire coming from the front porch area of the house.  Fire Investigators from the Vermont State Police and the Division of Fire Safety responded to determine the origin and cause of the fire.  The fire was determined to have started on the outside porch area of the home, near the front entrance.  Verner-Lust was sleeping when the fire was noticed and called in to 911.  Verner-Lust was transported to Porter Hospital in Middlebury for minor injuries she sustained while escaping from the home.  Damage estimates to the house are not available at this time, but smoke, soot and water damage to the interior are extensive and the house cannot be safely occupied at this time.  Anyone having any information regarding this fire is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz of the Vermont State Police at 878-7111 or any member of the Vergennes Police Department.  The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program (VATAP) also offers an award of up to $5000 for information which leads to the arrest of the person(s) who are involved in an arson fire – 1-800-322-7766.

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