Third suspicious fire in two weeks in Tunbridge destroys SUV

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State fire investigators are following several leads after a fire Thursday destroyed an SUV and nearly spread to the owner’s home.

Police say the early-morning fire was intentionally set and may be related to two other recent fires in Tunbridge, including one that destroyed a home Tuesday.

No one was injured in Thursday fire. 

East Randolph firefighters responded to the blaze at 20 Kelsey Mountain Road shortly after 5 am Thursday. They said a resident was awakened by a loud explosion and went outside to find the hood of his 2003 Chevy Tahoe on fire.

Authorities say the man, identified as Mark Barter, tried but failed to put out the fire. Barter and a neighbor were able to pull the burning vehicle away from the house, where police say several children and a woman were inside.

Vermont State Police said an investigation determined the fire was purposely set by an individual. 

Police are also investigating a suspicious fire that destroyed a home Tuesday on Gage Hill Road in Tunbridge. They say three out buildings at the scene had been apparently burglarized. The cause of the fire is yet undetermined.

And on April 14, police and firefighters responded to a call of a car burning in the middle of Falls Hill Rd. and Howe Lane in Tunbridge. That fire has been ruled arson.

Anyone with any further information, is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Steven Otis at the Westminster Barracks or call the Arson Tip Award Line at 1-800- ARSON.

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