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August 5, 2018

Structure Fire/Williston Barracks/ Non-Suspicious

PRESS RELEASE
        
VSP Press Release-Incident

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE and EXPLOSIONS INVESTIGATION UNIT

VERMONT STATE POLICE - WILLISTON BARRACKS

Case # 18B403812

INVESTIGATORS:  Assistant State Fire Marshal Chris Boyd - Division of Fire Safety, Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse-VSP

STATION: Williston
CONTACT# 802-878-7111


DATE/TIME: 08/05/18 @ 0040 hrs
INCIDENT LOCATION: 18 Main Street, Stowe, VT
INCIDENT: Structure Fire - Non-Suspicious



VICTIM: Ampersand Properties/Green Mountain Inn
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Stowe, VT


SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

At approximately 0040 hours on 08/05/18, a fire alarm activation was reported at the Green Mountain Inn located at 18 Main Street in Stowe. The Inn was
occupied with numerous guests and patrons at that time. Stowe Fire Department responded to the scene and first responding units encountered heavy smoke on the first floor level of the "Club House" building. Fire department personnel then located fire within an exterior stud wall near the rear, southwest corner of the building.

It was determined that the building's sprinkler system had activated within the ceiling of the room of origin, which helped slow the fire spread until fire personnel were able to begin fire suppression efforts. Fire was contained to the exterior stud wall of a massage room and the exterior siding outside that room. Serveral other rooms sustained smoke and water damage.  A guest room immediately above the massage room was occupied with guests at the time of the alarm activation. It is apparent that the sprinkler activation and subsequent fire alarm activation helped to slow the fire progression and alert staff and guests, thereby limiting damage and the potential for injury or death. 

During his assessment of the fire, Stowe Assistant Fire Chief Kyle Walker contacted the VT Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosions Investigation Unit for assistance with an origin and cause determination. Investigators from the VT State Police and VT Division of Fire Safety(VT Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosions Unit) responded to the scene during the morning of 08/05/18 and began an investigation. Through the investigation it was determined that the fire originated inside an exterior stud wall along the southwest corner of the "Club House" building. 

The fire is considered non-suspicious and is classified as Undetermined at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse at VT State Police barracks in Derby at 802-334-8881 or Sergeant Kyle Walker of the Stowe Police Department at 802-253-7126.





Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse
Fire and Explosions 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***)
 




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***)