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September 6, 2019

Middlesex Barrack/Fire Investigation


Vermont State Police Case # 19A304296

FIRE INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sergeants Todd Ambroz & Matt Hill from the Vermont State Police & Assistant State Fire Marshal Josh Maxham - Division of Fire Safety.

STATION: VSP Middlesex
CONTACT# 802-229-9191

DATE/TIME: September 4, 2019
INCIDENT LOCATION: 1416 Coddington Road, Washington, Vermont
INCIDENT: Fire Investigation

Building Owner: Laura and James Babineau

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:  On September 4, 2019 at 4:30 PM a nearby neighbor called 911 to report a fire at 1416 Coddington Road in the Town of Washington.  Coddingon Road is also commonly referred to as Hill Farm Road.  Chelsea, Tunbridge, and Washington Fire Departments responded to the scene and upon their arrival found a three story barn with a tin roof collapsed and burning in a large pile of debris.  The metal roof had also fallen over the top of the fire debris making it very difficult to extinguish the flames.  The large wood frame barn and all of its contents were completely destroyed in the fire and are considered a total loss.  There were no injuries or deaths associated with this fire.  Washington Fire Chief, Ryan Bresette, contacted the Department of Public Safety Fire & Explosion Unit to request an origin and cause investigation into the blaze.  Det. Sgt.’s Ambroz and Hill, and Assistant State Fire Marshal Maxham arrived on scene early in the morning of September 5th, 2019 to examine the scene.  At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined, but remains under investigation.  This is the second fire on this property within a month.  Anyone with any information regarding this fire is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz at the State Police Barracks in Middlesex at 802-229-9191, or by calling the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 1-800-32-ARSON (800-322-7766). The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program offers a reward of up to $5000 for information that leads to the arrest of an arsonist. 

Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz
Department of Public Safety Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit
Vermont State Police, A-Troop West
2777 St. George Road
Williston, VT 05495
Office 802-878-7111