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May 18, 2020

News Release/Structure Fire/Middletown Springs



Incident/ Fire Investigation – Middletown Springs, Vermont




Vermont State Police Case # 20B401752

INCIDENT TYPE: Fire Investigation

FIRE INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sergeant James Wright and Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz- Vermont State Police, Assistant State Fire Marshal Stan Baranowsi- Division of Fire Safety

CONTACT# 802-773-9101

DATE/TIME: 05/16/2020 Approximately 12:51 PM

INCIDENT LOCATION: 4000 Saw Mill Hill Road, Middletown Springs, Vermont

Homeowner: Richard Lantman, Ira, Vermont



On May 16, 2020 at approximately 1251 PM, the Middletown Springs Fire Department responded to 4000 Saw Mill Hill Road for a report of a structure fire at a remote camp.  Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a fully involved structure fire in the single-story camp. They noted most of the camp structure had already been consumed by the fire prior to their arrival. They then began an exterior attack of the fire however despite their efforts they were unable to save the structure from being completely consumed by the fire. 


Minor injuries were reported.

As part of his scene assessment, Middletown Springs Fire Chief Joe Castle contacted the VT Dept of Public Safety Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit for assistance in determining the origin and cause of this fire.

Members of the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit responded to the scene on Monday morning and initiated an origin and cause investigation.  It was determined the camp was believed to be unoccupied, however a male identified as Scott Saltis approached the firefighters from the woods behind the camp, claiming to have sustained minor injuries from the fire.  Saltis was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center and treated for his injuries.  It is unclear at this point if Mr. Saltis was staying in the camp or nearby in the woods, at the time of the fire.

This fire remains under investigation and is considered suspicious.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. James Wright at the Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421 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.




Det. Sergeant Jamie Wright

Vermont State Police

Fire and Explosion Unit

BCI Troop B – West

Shaftsbury Barracks

96 Airport Road

Shaftsbury, VT 05262

Tel: 802-442-5421

Fax: 802-442-3263


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