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State Police Seek Information Regarding Vehicle Fire in St. Johnsbury



Vt. State Police - 7:40 pm Tue Feb 20th, 2018

On 02/20/18, at approximately 0028 hours, St Johnsbury Fire Department responded to a report of several vehicles on fire in the parking lot of Brinks Auto located at 2483 Portland St in St. Johnsbury.

Upon arrival, fire personnel encountered two pickup trucks engulfed in flames. The vehicles were later identified as a 2001 Chevrolet pickup registered to Steven Hunter of Wheelock and a 2007 Dodge pickup registered to James Stone of St. Johnsbury.

After the vehicles were extinguished, St. Johnsbury Fire Chief Troy Ruggles contacted the Vermont State Police to request assistance from the VT Department of Public Safety Fire Investigation Unit for an origin and cause investigation.

On 02/20/18, at approximately 0900 hours, investigators from the DPS Fire Investigation Unit conducted an on-scene investigation of both vehicles. Through the investigation it was determined that both vehicles had been parked in the parking lot since 02/19/18. Employees left the area at approximately 1800 hours on 02/19/18 and a passerby reported the fire at approximately 0028 hours on 02/20/18.

The fire appears to have originated in the engine compartment of the 2001 Chevrolet and after the engine compartment and passenger compartment were fully engulfed the fire extended to the 2007 Dodge that was parked alongside.

Both vehicles are considered a total loss. No person(s) were injured in the fire. The case remains under investigation and anyone who may have been traveling along US RTE 2/Portland Street around midnight and may have witnessed the fire or anything suspicious is asked to contact Investigators from the Fire Investigation Unit through the State Police Barracks at 802-748-3111.

Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse
Fire Investigation Unit
Vermont State Police
Troop A - Derby Barracks
35 Crawford Road
Derby, VT
802-334-8881
michael.lacourse@vermont.gov

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VSP Press Release-Incident
CASE#:18A400945
INVESTIGATORS FULL NAME:
Assistant Fire Marshall Tim Angell - Vermont
Division of Fire Safety
Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse - Vermont State Police
STATION: St. Johnsbury
CONTACT#: 802-748-3111
DATE/TIME: 02/20/18 @ 0028 hours
INCIDENT LOCATION: 2483 Portland St, St. Johnsbury, VT
INCIDENT: Vehicle Fire
VICTIM: Steven Hunter
AGE: 28
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Wheelock, VT
VICTIM: James Stone
AGE: 26
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: St. Johnsbury, VT

Relevant Address(es):
Wheelock, VT 05851 (Set as Local)
St Johnsbury, VT 05819 (Set as Local)
Troy, VT 05868 (Set as Local)
Derby, VT 05829 (Set as Local)

Related Businesses
Vermont State Police, St. Johnsbury Barracks
St. Johnsbury
40.3 miles

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