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January 8, 2017

Press Release

Department of Public Safety – Press Release:
Vermont State Police/Division of Fire Safety
Fire Investigation Unit
Date/time: January 7th, 2017 @ 12:35 PM
Fire Investigators: Det. Sgt. Todd Ambroz, Assistant Fire Marshals Paul Cerutti, Tim Angell
Address: 26 Lake Street, Alburgh
Victims/Owners: Roy Richard (45), Amy Richard (37)

On 1/7/17 @12:35 PM the Alburgh Fire Department responded to a house fire at 26 Lake Street in Alburgh.  Upon their arrival the house was fully engulfed in flames.  Champlain, Rouses Point, Swanton, Grand Isle, Isle La Motte, South Hero, and North Hero fire departments all responded to render assistance at the scene.  There were no occupants inside the house at the time of the fire, but a motorist passing by, Craig Greene, saw the smoke coming from the house prior to the fire departments arrival. Greene went to the back of the house where he heard a dog barking inside.  He kicked in the back door and entered the house and was able to pull the dog from the home to safety.  Unfortunately, the dog did not survive due to severe smoke inhalation.  Alburgh Fire Chief, Tyler Gotshall, contacted the State Police to request an origin and cause investigation be conducted.  On 1/8/17 at 7 AM Fire Investigators from the State Police and Division of Fire Safety responded to the scene.  An examination of the scene determined the origin of the fire was in the kitchen and the possible cause of the fire appears to be a heating element in the bottom of a dishwasher.  The house and contents are considered a complete loss with an estimated value of approximately $250,000.  Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz of the Vermont State Police at 878-7111.   

Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz
Vermont State Police, Troop A
Fire Investigation Unit
Williston, VT 05495
Office 802-878-7111
Fax 802-878-2742
todd.ambroz@vermont.gov