Couple who owned Fair Haven auto dealership charged in fire
STAFF WRITER | March 22,2013
FAIR HAVEN — A local couple has been charged with burning down their own business.
Police have charged Ed Davis Sr., 49, and Tammy Davis, 46, with arson following a fire Sunday night that destroyed their Washington Street business, Ed Davis Auto and RV.
The Fair Haven Fire Department received the call around 9:20 p.m. Sunday, according to Fire Chief David Ward.
When they arrived, firefighters found the three-bay garage engulfed in fire, and shortly after their arrival the building’s roof collapsed. Ward said they were taking out hoses and nobody was inside the building when the roof collapsed.
The chief said the business’s service garage was destroyed and the sales side of the building sustained intense heat and water damage. He said the owners were able to save some records and keys before they were damaged.
Firefighters from Castleton and Poultney also arrived on the scene to offer mutual aid.
Following the fire, investigators with Vermont State Police and the Division of Fire Safety searched the scene and determined the fire was set deliberately, according to police.
Thursday night, state police Detective Sgt. David Sutton said the investigation determined the Davises were responsible for the fire. They are scheduled to appear May 20 in Rutland criminal court to answer arson charges.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Sutton at 773-9101 or Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 800-322-7766.