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April 24, 2020

Equipment Fire/Derby Barracks

VSP NEWS RELEASE    

Incident/ Fire Investigation - Brighton, Vermont

 
STATE OF VERMONT

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION UNIT

VERMONT STATE POLICE - DERBY BARRACKS

 

Vermont State Police Case # 20A501428

 

FIRE INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse  - Vermont State Police


STATION: VSP Derby

CONTACT# 802-334-8881

 

DATE/TIME: 04/24/2020 approximately 1:40 pm

INCIDENT LOCATION: Gideon Mills Road, Brighton, Vermont

INCIDENT: Skidder Fire Investigation - 20A501428



Victim:  Messier Logging,  Irasburg, VT

              

 SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:

On April 24, 2020 Kenny Messier called VSP-Derby to report that two of his log
skidders had burned on Gideon Mills Rd in Brighton. The skidders had
self-extinguished and therefore the Brighton Fire Department had not been
contacted. It appears that no one noticed the skidders while they were burning
due to the remote area.

It was determined that a neighbor had notified the Brighton Poice Department as
well. Shortly thereafter, Brighton Police Chief Jeffrey Noyes and Det Sgt
Michael LaCourse with the VT Dept of Public Safety Fire & Explosion
Investigation Unit responded to the area of the skidders. It was determined 
that the skidders had been parked in along a Class IV portion of Gideon Mills
Road since March 17th. Messier advised that they had stopped their logging
operations at that time due to the spring thaw and soft ground. Messier advised
that he responded to the area today to find that both log skidders had burned.

One skidder was identified as a 1996 John Deere 648G grapple skidder and is
considered nearly a total loss. The other was identified as a 1982 John Deere
640 cable skidder which suffered moderate damage.

The cause of the fires remain under investigation, but are considered
suspicious. It is believed that the fires most likely occurred within the past
week.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt.
Michael LaCourse at the Derby Barrack at 802-334-8881, Brighton Police Chief
Jeffrey Noyes at 802-723-4322 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  (***Please note my email address has changed***)