Burlington Police dispatchers at the Emergency Communications Center are back at One North Avenue after they were temporarily relocated early Monday when a 62-year-old man set a fire in the department’s vestibule.
Police said Stephen Romprey will be charged with arson and reckless endangerment. He allegedly told officers he set the fire to “make a point.”
There were no injuries reported, but police said the fire caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Chief Jon Murad said the fire was allegedly set near a phone used to contact officers. “It’s also, frankly, a place where sometimes people go to get warm,” he said. “Unfortunately, I don’t believe that’s something we’ll be able to allow to continue.”
The 2 a.m. fire activated the sprinkler system, which coupled with thick, acrid smoke forced the Emergency Communications Center to move temporarily to the South Burlington Police Department.
Burlington Fire Department put out the fire and, after declaring the building safe, dispatchers returned to One North Avenue Emergency Communications Center.