STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
TROOPER: Detective Sergeant Tom Williams, Detective Sergeant Steve Otis, Detective Sergeant John MacCallum, and Division of Fire Safety Investigator Josh Maxham
DATE/TIME:12-15-16 @ approximately 1305 hrs.
LOCATION: Castleton University, Adams Dorm, Castleton, VT.
VIOLATION Structure Fire
Owner: Castleton University
City of Residence: Castleton, VT
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:
SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
On 12-15-16 at approximately 1305 hrs the Castleton Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at Castleton University in the Adams Dorm Building located off of South St. The initial call was for an alarm activation in the building with follow up 911 calls for an active fire on the fourth floor of the Adams Dorm building. Upon the arrival of fire personnel they found a heavy smoke condition and fire in a room within a suite on the fourth floor. They called for assistance in attacking the fire and the fire department from Poultney assisted on scene. The room sustained moderate fire and water damage. Damage was estimated at approximately $10,000. Minimal damage was also done by smoke and water to the rest of the fourth floor. The tenants were not home at the time of the fire. The building was closed to students for a short amount of time during the investigation. Students were allowed to return to the building a short time later. The suite was closed by the college until clean up and maintenance can be done. No injuries were sustained at this fire.
The Castleton Fire Chief Heath Guyette contacted the Vermont State Police and requested an origin and cause investigation of the fire. Three Detectives from the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit and one investigator from the VT. Division of Fire Safety responded on 12-15-17 to the scene.
Investigators have determined that the fire cause to be accidental at this time and not suspicious. The cause of the fire was due to a computer being placed onto a bean bag chair. The computer overheated setting the bean bag on fire and the rest of the room to follow. The bean bag was under a bunk bed which provided for the quick fire spread within the room. No further action to be taken by this officer.
COURT ACTION: N/A