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February 9, 2017

VSP Press Release/Fatal Fire


CASE#: 17A200691
RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME:  Detective Sergeant Rick Desany and Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz                           
STATION:   St. Albans                  
CONTACT#: 524-5993

DATE/TIME: 2-9-17 at approximately 1330 hours
LOCATION: 253 Rt. 2, South Hero
INCIDENT: Fatal Fire

VICTIM: Carolyn Lawrence
ADDRESS: 253 Rt. 2 South Hero
Age: 54

VICTIM: Elinor Lawrence
ADDRESS: 253 Rt. 2 South Hero
AGE: 87

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:  On 2-9-17 at approximately 1330 hours a fire was reported at 253 Rt. 2 in South Hero.  A Grand Isle Sheriff's Department Deputy was the first to arrive and observed the house to be fully involved with fire.  A member of the household was also on scene and it was learned that there were two adults that were unable to escape the burning structure. 
Fire personal from South Hero, Grand Isle, North Hero, Alburgh, Isle Lamotte, and Milton Fire Departments arrived on scene along with South Hero Rescue and the Red Cross.
After extinguishing the fire two deceased occupants of the house were located within the burned structure.  They were preliminarily identified as Elinor Lawrence, 87 years of age, and her daughter Carolyn Lawrence, 54 years of age.  Members of the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit responded to investigate the origin and cause of the fire.  They were assisted by the Vermont Division of Fire Safety.  At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined, however the fire is not considered suspicious. 
Anyone with information regarding the fire is encouraged to call the Vermont State Police at 524-5993.