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March 1, 2017

Fire Investigation West Windsor, VT

Division of Fire Safety
Fire Investigation Unit
DFS Investigator:   Maxham
VSP Detective Sergeant:  MacCallum
Division of Fire Safety Contact #:  802-786-0071
DATE/TIME:   02/27/2017
LOCATION:    283 VT Route 44, West Windsor                                          
Owner: Julie MacGlaflin
On January 26, 2017 at approximately 9:10 PM the West Windsor Fire Department responded to the above location for a reported structure fire.  The fire was called in by the tenant who was the only one home at the time of the fire.  No injuries were reported.  Upon arrival the fire department encountered heavy fire located in the front left portion of the building.  Flames were already coming out the windows on the left side of the house and it was evident that the fire was quickly spreading to other portions of the two story farm house.  The house is believed to be a total loss even though much of the structure remains with an estimated value of $300,000
Mutual aid was received by Windsor, West Weathersfield, Ascutney, Hartland, Reading, Springfield, Cornish Claremont, and South Woodstock.  Other surrounding communities were also called to provide station coverage for those departments on scene.

On January 26, 2017, the West Windsor Fire Chief requested assistance in determining the origin and cause of the fire from The Department of Public Safety Fire Investigation Unit.  On January 27, 2017 three investigators from the unit responded to the scene and conducted an origin and cause investigation. 

The cause of the fire is determined to be electrical in nature and most likely started from a damaged service entrance cable.  The Division of Fire Safety would once again like to stress the importance of having proper working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and ensure that they are in their proper locations.  If you would like information on smoke and carbon monoxide detection, please visit the Division of Fire Safety web page at

Joshua Maxham, CFI/ Fire Investigator 
Assistant State Fire Marshal
[Phone] 802-786-0071
[cell] 802-279-0946

State of Vermont
Division Of Fire Safety
56 Howe Sreet, Building A, Suite 200
Rutland, VT 05701