STATE OF VERMONTDEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETYVERMONT STATE POLICEPRESS RELEASECASE#: 17B200110TROOPER: Detective Sergeant Steven Otis and Division of Fire Safety Investigator Josh MaxhamSTATION: WestminsterCONTACT#: 802-733-4600DATE/TIME:01-07-2017 @ 2315 hrsLOCATION: 354 Brandon Mountain Road Rochester, VTVIOLATION: FireOwner: Joseph and Rita MailhiotCity of Residence: Rochester, VTACCUSED: NAAGE:CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE:SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:On 01-07-2017 at approximately 2315 hrs the Rochester Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 354 Brandon Mountain Road in Rochester. A passerby had seen the fire while driving by the home and called 911. Upon the first arrival of fire personnel they found the home to be unoccupied and engulfed in flames which had broken through the roof of the rear of the house. The home was completely destroyed and partially collapsed during fire fighting efforts. Damages were estimated at approximately $500,00 and no one was injured in the fire although two family dogs had passed as result of the fire.The Fire Chief of Rochester FD contacted the Vermont State Police/Fire Investigative Unit and requested an origin and cause investigation of the fire after gathering some information about the fire and the residence, which had not been occupied at the time of the fire. A Detective from the Vermont State Police and an Investigator from the Division of Fire Safety responded on 01-08-2017 to the scene.The Investigators have determined that the fire cause was electrical.COURT ACTION: N/ACOURT DATE:COURT:LODGED LOCATION:BAIL:MUG SHOT:
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