VSP: Propane heater possible cause of Vermont Country Store fire

first_imgVermont Country Store,Vermont State Police At approximately 2230 hours on 10/20/18, the Clarendon Fire Department was notified and responded to a fire alarm activation at a warehouse owned and operated by the Vermont Country Store. While en-route to this call it was upgraded to a working structure fire. This structure is a warehouse type structure of over 16,000 square feet. This warehouse stored overflow stock items for the VCS. It held approximately 5% of the stores stock. It was valued at over 2 million dollars in loss. The one story steel/metal building was unoccupied at the time of this fire. The Clarendon Fire Department responded to the scene and first responding units encountered heavy fire showing at the front of the building. Heavy black smoke was encountered from all sides. During his assessment of the fire, the Clarendon Fire Chief, Matt Jacobowski contacted the VT Department of Public Safety Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit for assistance with the origin and cause determination. Investigators from the VT State Police and VT Division of Fire Safety responded to the scene during the early morning hours on 10/21/18 and began an investigation.This on scene investigation continued for two days with additional fire and explosions unit investigators being called to the scene on day two to assist. It was determined the fire originated on the south side middle of the structure. This area was determined to be in the area of origin for this fire. The investigation team located a hanging propane heating unit and some propane lines that showed some unusual fire damage not consistent with only being involved in the fire. Investigation showed that the fire spread from this area to the nearby combustible materials. These materials lead to a rapid fire spread within the structure. Further inspection and analysis will be done to determine the cause of the damaged items found. This fire is not considered suspicious. No injuries were reported at this fire. This fire is currently classified as undetermined with no suspicious circumstances. This investigation is awaiting further analysis of the items by outside engineers and system specialists. Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to contact the VT State Police barracks in Rutland at 802-773-9101, Detective Senior Sergeant Thomas Williams at 802-773-9101.The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program offers a monetary reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in an arson fire. Please call 1-800-32-ARSON(1-800-322-7766).STATE OF VERMONTDEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION UNITVERMONT STATE POLICE – RUTLAND BARRACKSCase # 18B405221FIRE INVESTIGATORS: Detective Senior Sergeant Thomas Williams, Det./Sgt. Steve Otis, Det./Sgt. Todd Ambroz, Det./Sgt. Mike LaCourse all from VSP, and Assistant State Fire Marshal Josh Maxham, and Tim Angell from Division of Fire Safety.STATION: RutlandCONTACT# 802-773-9101DATE/TIME: 10/20/18 @ approx. 2230 hrs.INCIDENT LOCATION: 2705 VT RT 7b central, Clarendon, VTINCIDENT: Structure Fire InvestigationVICTIM: Vermont Country StoreSource: Vermont State Policelast_img

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