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May 9, 2018

Structure Fire/ Derby Barracks

VSP Press Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE

PRESS RELEASE
        

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE INVESTIGATION UNIT

VERMONT STATE POLICE - DERBY BARRACKS

Case # 18A501662

INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse-VSP, Detective Sergeant Todd
Ambroz-VSP, Assistant State Fire Marshal Paul Cerruti - Division of Fire Safety
Assistant State Fire Marshal Tim Angell- Division of Fire Safety, Detective
Sergeant Steven Otis-VSP

STATION: Derby
CONTACT# 802-334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 05/09/18 @ approx. 0526 hours
INCIDENT LOCATION: 3010 VT RTE 100, Lowell, VT
INCIDENT: Structure Fire



VICTIM: Travis Hesler/Sarah Griggs(Tenants)
AGE: 37/36
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Lowell, VT

VICTIM: Cecil Mayo(Building owner)
AGE: 70
CITY, STATE of RESIDENCE: Morrisville, VT

VICTIM: Kevin Dumas/Debra Dumas(C0-Tenant/Business Owner)
AGE: 55/57
CITY, STATE of RESIDENCE: Lowell, VT

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On 05/09/18, at approximately 0526 hours, the Lowell Fire Department responded
to a report of a structure fire at 3010 VT RTE 100 in Lowell. This structure is
the home of the former Warner's Dance Hall and the current Mississquoi Lanes
bowling alley. The building also contains a small one-bedroom apartment.

Upon arrival the fire department encountered heavy fire in a main entranceway on
the front of the building. Fire was spreading rapidly through a large hallway
area. The fire department was able to successfully extinguish the fire before
the entire building was consumed. The front of the building, to include the
apartment, suffered extensive fire damage. The remainder of the building
suffered extensive smoke and water damage.

Lowell Fire Department was assisted at the scene by Troy Volunteer Fire
Department and North Troy Volunteer Fire Department.

After his initial assessment of the scene, Lowell Fire Chief Calvin Allen
contacted the State of Vermont- Department of Public Safety Fire Investigation
Unit to assist with an Origin and Cause investigation. Detectives from the
Vermont State Police and Assistant Fire Marshalls from the Vermont Division of
Fire Safety responded to the scene to initiate an Origin/Cause investigation.

The investigation was completed and the fire cause determination is currently
classified as "Undetermined" and remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported during the fire. At the time of the fire, the lone
occupant and a family pet were able to escape without injury. This occupant,
later identified as Travis Hesler, 37 of Lowell, was arrested on several other
unrelated charges.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse
at 802-334-8881.









Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse
Fire Investigation Unit
Vermont State Police
Troop A - Derby Barracks
35 Crawford Road
Derby, VT
 
802-334-8881
 
michael.lacourse@vermont.gov  (***Please note my email address has changed***)