VSP Press Releases: fire
STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
VERMONT STATE POLICE
PRESS RELEASE CASE#: 15B301869
TROOPER: Detective Sergeant Larry Smith Division of Fire Safety Investigator
STATION: Fire Investigation Unit
CONTACT#: 748-3111 DATE/TIME: 31 August 2015 @ 0545 hours
LOCATION: 205 Academy Road Thetford, Vt.
VIOLATION: Fire Investigation
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: VICTIM: Ruel and Virginia Barrett
Thetford Vt. SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:
On 31 August 2015 at approximately 0432 hours the Thetford Volunteer Fire Dept.
responded to a fully involved barn fire at the above location. When the fire
department arrived they found the structure fully engulfed in fire. The fire
fighters immediately began applying water on the structure in an effort to
salvage what was left of the building.
The exterior of the structure had burnt
away and only the timber frame structural supports remained intact. The main
structural timbers were knocked over by the fire fighters for fear they would
collapse and create a safety issue. The building was used as storage and was not
equipped with power.
The fire Chief Chad Whitcomb requested an origin and cause
investigation be conducted based on the circumstances surrounding the fire.
Members of the Thetford Fire Dept. remained on scene during the investigation
offering assistance with the removal of debris. Detective Sergeant Larry Smith and Division of Fire Safety Investigator Stan
Baranowski members of the state fire investigation unit responded to the scene.
Investigators combed through the burnt out structure looking for the source of
The cause of the fire has been classified as undetermined; however the
origin and cause are still under investigation. Investigators with the fire
investigation unit with assistance from the Thetford Police Chief are continuing
to investigate this fire. Anyone with information concerning this fire should
contact the Vermont State Police or the Thetford Police.
Detective Sergeant Larry Smith
Vermont State Police
Fire Investigation Unit
Office # 802-748-3111 Ext.
Cell # 802-399-9406
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