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July 31, 2017

Middlesex Barracks/Fatal Fire Incident

VSP Press Release-Fatal Fire Investigation





Case #  17A303124

Trooper:                      Detective Sergeant Aimee Nolan

Station:                       Middlesex Barracks

Contact #:                   802-229-9191

Date/Time:                  Monday 7/31/2017 @ 0328 hours

Incident Location:      76 Railroad Street, Williamstown, Orange County, Vermont

Victim:                        Chance Martin, age 6


Summary of Incident:

On July 31, 2017 at 0328 hours, the Vermont State Police Middlesex Barracks were notified of a structure fire at the residence of Kevin and Susan Lashomb, located at 76 Railroad Street in Williamstown.  Members from the Williamstown Fire Department responded with mutual aid assistance from the Northfield Fire Department, Barre Town Fire Department, Brookfield Fire Department, and East Randolph Fire Departments. 

Barre Town Ambulance responded to the scene and transported three of the eight family members living at the residence.  Kevin Lashomb, age 44 was transferred to University of Vermont Health Network – Fletcher Allen Health Center Campus for burn injuries, where he is currently listed in stable condition; his daughter, Tanika Lashomb, age 23 was treated and released; and her son, Chance Martin, age 6, was pronounced deceased at the UVM Central Vermont Medical Center Campus.  Martin was later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Vermont State Police Arson Investigators, along with Division of Fire Safety Investigators are currently on scene and the investigation is ongoing.