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August 5, 2019

Williston Barracks/ Structure Fire

VSP NEWS RELEASE    

Incident/ Fire Investigation – Eden Mills, Vermont

 

STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION UNIT

VERMONT STATE POLICE – WILLISTON BARRACKS

 

Vermont State Police Case # 19A103716

 

FIRE INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sergeants Michael LaCourse - Vermont State Police, Assistant State Fire Marshal Paul Cerutti - Division of Fire Safety


STATION: VSP Williston

CONTACT# 802-878-7111

 

DATE/TIME: 08/04/2019 @ 01:46 AM

INCIDENT #1 LOCATION: 4121 VT RTE 100, Eden Mills, Vermont

INCIDENT: Fire Investigation – 19A103716


Victim: Peter Koopman, Sevierville, TN


SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On August 04, 2019 at approximately 01:46 AM flames/smoke were noticed coming from a vacant building located across the road from the former Ingalls Market on VT RTE 100 in Eden Mills. North Hyde Park/Eden Fire Department was notified of the incident and responded to the scene.  The one-story stone building had been unoccupied for nearly a year, since the store closed.


Upon arrival fire personnel discovered that the one room building was fully engulfed in flames. The walls were constructed of cement blocks, however, the roof was of wood-framed construction and collapsed shortly thereafter. As part of his scene examination, N. Hyde Park/Eden Fire Chief Brent Lanpher contacted the VT Dept of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit for assistance with an Origin & Cause investigation. Investigators from the Fire & Explosion Unit responded to the scene later that morning and began an O&C investigation.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


This fire is considered suspicious and remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Michael LaCourse at 802-334-8881, or by contacting the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program(VATAP) hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON(1-800-322-7766). The VATAP will pay up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

 

Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse

Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit
Vermont State Police
Troop A - Derby Barracks
35 Crawford Road
Derby, VT
 
802-334-8881
 
michael.lacourse@vermont.gov