Vermont House Fire Ruled an Arson

A fire that burned down a summer camp house in Duxbury, Vermont is being considered an arson, the Vermont State Police announced Thursday. 

On Jan. 6, the Waterbury Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2141 Camels Hump Road at around 5:30 a.m. Firefighters quickly discerned that the one-story house had been almost entirely leveled.

The house, owned by Ronald and Betty Deforge of Barre, Vermont, has been deemed a total loss.

Since the house was being used as a summer camp, no heat or electricity was being supplied, nor was there anyone inside, when the fire started. For these reasons, the fire is currently being considered an arson.

Det. Sgt. Steve Otis began an investigation of the incident on Jan. 7, which is ongoing.

The Vermont Department of Public Safety requests that anyone with information about the fire contact Det. Sgt. Todd Ambroz at the State Police Barracks in Middlesex at 802-229-9191 or or call the the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at (800-322-7766).

The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of an arsonist.

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