B&B Fire, 4th in String of Arsons in Barre

By Christine Souders | csouders@nexstar.tv

Published 08/26 2014 06:27PM

Updated 08/26 2014 06:47PM

BARRE, Vt. - Another fire intentionally set overnight in Barre.

This time at Reynolds House Bed and Breakfast on South Main Street around midnight Tuesday.

Police said the fire is connected to a string of arsons this month, the unoccupied B&B being the fourth.

All fire have been intentionally set between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m..

"There's enough similarities from the scene that we believe the four fires starting on the 3rd, and the one at midnight are connected. The same person or persons are probably responsible," Chief Tim Bombardier, Barre Fire Department.

The arsonist or arsonists first struck at a vacant apartment building on Seminary Street.

A few days later at an unoccupied storage building on Williams Lane.

Then August 18th at another storage structure attached to a vacant house

And now the historical B&B.

Thankfully Reynolds House is not taking reservations at this time.

Neighbors said this is too close for comfort..

"Heard about it this morning, obviously it's getting closer to home so it's getting quite concerning," said Doug Crowningshield, who lives in Barre.

"It's absolutely scary. That could have been my house. That could have been anyone's house with kids," said Mariah Emerson, another Barre Resident.

City and state officials called a press conference Tuesday to let residents know they are taking this very seriously.

"We are being very proactive in this investigation. We are pulling out all the stops," said Steven Mackenzie, Barre's City Manager.

"This subjects firefighters to needless harm and needless risk. This needs to be brought to an end quickly, and the people or the person that is responsible needs to be held accountable," said Keith Flynn, Vermont State Commissioner of Public Safety.

Investigators estimate the combined damages of the four properties total close to a million dollars.

State police and Barre City Detectives are interviewing potential suspects, but said they need all eyes and ears to help figure out who's responsible.

Surprisingly, no one has called in with tips to the arson tip line. So of course they ask residents to be vigilant and contact 1-800-32-ARSON with any information.

Officials said there was a second fire Tuesday early morning on Woodland Drive. Although it looks suspicious, they don't believe it's connected to the arsons.

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