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Fire Investigation 19A403910



Vt. State Police - 3:40 pm Fri Jul 12th, 2019

On July 11, 2019 the West Burke Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 268 School St in West Burke.

Upon arrival, fire personnel found that there had been a small fire inside the residence, however, it had already been extinguished or had extinguished on it's own. They found that the interior of the residence and windows had heavy soot deposits. No fire suppression efforts were utilized as the fire was already extinguished. The time of the fire event was undetermined.
None of the occupants were at the residence when the Fire Department responded. There were no reported injuries. The residence sustained heavy smoke/soot damage and minimal fire damage.
West Burke Fire Department personnel contacted the VT Dept of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit for assistance with an Origin & Cause investigation. Investigators from the Fire & Explosion Unit responded to the scene that evening and then returned in the morning of 07/12/19 to began an O&C investigation. The cause remains under investigation and is considered suspicious.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Michael LaCourse at the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881 or by contacting the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program(VATAP) hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON(1-800-322-7766). The VATAP will pay up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Detective Sergeant Michael LaCourse
Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit
Vermont State Police
Troop A - Derby Barracks
35 Crawford Road
Derby, VT
802-334-8881
michael.lacourse<mailto:michael.lacourse@state.vt.us>@vermont.gov (***Please note my email address has changed***)

VSP NEWS RELEASE
Incident/ Fire Investigation - West Burke, Vermont
STATE OF VERMONT
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FIRE & EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION UNIT
VERMONT STATE POLICE - ST. JOHNSBURY BARRACKS
Vermont State Police Case # 19A403910
FIRE INVESTIGATORS: Detective Sergeant(s) Michael LaCourse & Todd Ambroz - Vermont State Police, Assistant State Fire Marshal Tim Angell - Division of Fire Safety
STATION: VSP St. Johnsbury
CONTACT# 802-748-3111
DATE/TIME: 07/11/2019 @ 7:05 PM
INCIDENT LOCATION: 268 School St, West Burke, Vermont
INCIDENT: Fire Investigation - 19A403910
Homeowners: Rocky Rodger, West Burke
Charlotte Rodger, West Burke
Tenants: Thomas Rodger, West Burke
Ariana Rodger, West Burke

Relevant Address(es):
Derby, VT 05829 (Set as Local)
West Burke, VT 05871 (Set as Local)
Charlotte, VT 05445 (Set as Local)

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