Strafford fire claims life of 77-year-old woman

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STRAFFORD — Vermont State Police have identified 77-year-old Corinne Rainville of Strafford as the victim of a fatal fire that occurred on February 15.

The fire, which engulfed a residence on Rogers Road, was reported at 8:13 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find the house fully involved and were informed that there was one occupant still inside.

Rainville’s body was discovered after the flames were extinguished.

The Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit is working to determine the origin and cause of the fire, which initial assessments suggest was not suspicious.

The Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington are collaborating to establish the cause and manner of Rainville’s death.

An autopsy is scheduled to confirm these details.

Multiple agencies, including the Strafford, Tunbridge, Thetford, and Hanover (NH) fire departments, as well as First Branch Ambulance, responded to the emergency.

The state police have stated that the investigation is ongoing and further updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

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