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Fire strikes home on Lake Dunmore while owners away

LEICESTER — Vermont State Police are investigating the source of a fire that caused extensive damage to a home on the shores of Lake Dunmore in Leicester last Thursday morning.
Brandon and Pittsford fire departments responded at a little after 10 a.m. on Jan. 3 to a residential structure fire at 236 Sage Court. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The Rutland Herald reported that homeowners Jeff and Cheryl McDonough were away on vacation.
The residence, about a mile south of Branbury State Park, sustained substantial damage to a large portion of the structure. Vermont State Police Det. Sgt. David Sutton said the home was spared from total destruction thanks to the rapid response of the fire departments.
The Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit was requested for an origin and cause investigation. A Vermont State Police Detective, as well as a Vermont Division of Fire Safety Investigator 

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