VSP Investigating House Fire as Arson

MT. HOLLY, Vt. - Vermont State Police say a house fire in Mt. Holly is being investigated as arson.

Police say at 11:00 on Tuesday morning, a 911 caller reported a fire at 9 Johnson Lane. Initial reports and witnesses placed the fire on the second floor of the building.

After the Mt. Holly Fire Department and surrounding fire departments arrived, the building was heavily engulfed in flames on part of the second floor.

Once the fire was contained, the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit was contacted to conduct an origin and cause investigation.

The Vermont State Police Arson K9 detection team was also brought to the scene.

Police say it was determined that the structure was broken into prior to the fire, and the cause of this fire was due to direct human intervention in setting ordinary materials on fire within the structure.

Nobody was injured in the fire, but the building is considered to have considerable damage. Damage was estimated to be approximately $80,000.

Anyone having any information regarding this fire is urged to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101, Detective Sr./Sergeant Thomas Williams, or by calling 1-800-322-7766 – The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program (VATAP).

Up to a $5,000 reward will be paid for information which helps detect or prevent an arson fire.


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