Two recent fires in Manchester investigated
STAFF REPORT | June 21,2014
MANCHESTER ó Two recent fire investigations in town produced two very different results.
In a press release, Detective Sgt. Steven Otis of the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit said he and Department of Fire Safety Investigator Chris Boyd investigated a fire on Lorette Avenue which took place Thursday around 6 p.m.
The fire was determined to be accidental and caused by the storing of extinguished smoking materials, Otis said.
The Manchester Fire Department was first to respond to the fire. The home is owned by Shane Shores and Laurie Berard.
Otis said one of the owners, although he did not identify which, had been at a nearby familyís home and smelled smoke. The owner checked the home, saw it was on fire and called 911.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the fire in the rear of the home. The fire had quickly spread to the second floor and was into the roof.
Members of the fire department were able to extinguish the fire and save a nearby garage and camper.
No one was injured as a result of the fire but the damages were estimated to be more than $100,000.
Leaders of the Manchester Fire Department contacted the Vermont State Police and requested an origin and cause fire investigation.
Otis and Boyd determined the fire had been caused accidentally after their investigation.
In a separate press release Friday, Detective Sgt. David Sutton, also a fire investigator, said members of the Manchester Fire Department were notified June 10 about fire damage to the exterior of a wall of an apartment building at 22 Jade Circle.
Sutton said fire department members called in officers of the Manchester Police Department because the damage seems suspicious. The Manchester officers contacted the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit for assistance.
Sutton said the fire investigators started their work Friday around 11 a.m. and concluded the fire was caused by human involvement.
Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 362-2121 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program, or VATAP, at 1-800-32-ARSON Information resulting in an arrest could lead to a reward of up to $5,000.