Teens from Brattleboro, Dummerston charged with arson

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PUTNEY — A juvenile from Brattleboro and a juvenile from Dummerston were arrested following several local fires. 

Authorities have been investigating a series of fires that have taken place in Windham County since October 2.

A total of six fires were reported in the past month.  

Police say the two juveniles were hunting on Shag Bark Hill in Putney when they entered a property on Shag Bark Hill.  

While on the property they lit multiple items on fire including a boat, vehicle, and residential trailer.  

Both juveniles fled the scene prior to the arrival of the fire department. 

On October 9, a fire at a gas station on Main Street  was discovered by a person traveling home from work.

The fire destroyed the business which had been in operation since the mid 1960’s.  

This fire left more than a dozen people without work and the loss is expected to be in excess of $500.000.

On October 9, a fire broke out on Bunker Hill Road, in East Dummerston.

The homeowner discovered that a chair he had placed at the end of his driveway near the road had been set on fire.

On October 15, the Marlboro Fire department was dispatched to a fire at a vacant building on Town Hill Road.

On October 22, the Marlboro Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at an abandoned motel on Vermont Route 9 at around 5:00 p.m.

They were again dispatched to a structure fire at an unoccupied camp on Stratton Mountain Road.

The state’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit says they are still working with fire departments in Putney and Marlboro to identify the cause of the other blazes in both areas.

People with information may also contact the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 800-32-ARSON. 

The Arson Tip Award Program is a separate entity from the state police, and through funding from insurance companies offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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