St. Albans fire deemed suspicious, authorities seek information

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ST. ALBANS — A fire that broke out early morning on Jan. 24 in a recreational vehicle has been classified as suspicious, and authorities are seeking information from the public, according to the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit.

At approximately 7:28 a.m., the St. Albans Town fire department was called to 105 Nason Street after reports of heavy smoke billowing from a camper.

Firefighters quickly contained the blaze, preventing it from spreading to other vehicles.

Following an initial assessment by Fire Chief Matthew Mulheron, investigators were called to the scene to examine the cause and origin of the fire.

It was determined that the fire started in the RV’s bathroom and may be the result of direct human involvement.

The RV, owned by 43-year-old John Stanley, was heavily damaged by the fire and smoke, rendering it a total loss.

Authorities estimate damages exceed $6,000.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported during the incident.

Investigators are now appealing to anyone with information about the fire or who was in the vicinity of Nason Street during the time of the incident to contact the State Police at (802) 524-5993.

Additionally, the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for tips leading to an arrest.

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