Officials: 2 Dead in VT Fires, 1 Ruled Homicide

Authorities investigating two suspicious fatal house fires in Vermont have so far determined that at least one of two deaths was a homicide.

According to officials, the two victims of the fires have been identified as David Thompson, 48, and Carol Fradette, 29.

Thompson was found dead at his residence, 637 Bliss Road in Woodbury, Vermont. Officials say the medical examiner's office has determined the cause of his death to be multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death is homicide.

Fradette, of 637 Bliss Road, was found dead at 715 Bliss Road. Her cause and manner of death remain pending.

Two dogs were also found dead at 637 Bliss Road. Each were shot once, authorities said.

According to officials, a resident of Bliss Road called 911 just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday to report that a house across the street was fully engulfed in flames.

When fire officials arrived, they found the fire was located at 715 Bliss Road.

While fighting the fire, authorities noticed that the adjacent house, 637 Bliss Road, was also on fire. The two homes were about 150 feet apart.

Both fires were extinguished.

Authorities found human remains inside of 715 Bliss Road and human and animal remains inside of 637 Bliss Road.

Upon this discovery, the Woodbury Fire Department contacted the Vermont State Police and the Fire and Explosions Investigation Unit, the Major Crime Unit and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

An investigation was launched and remains ongoing.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Middlesex at 802-229-9191.

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