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State police: Leicester house fire ruled suspicious

LEICESTER — Vermont State Police are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged a home at 1691 Route 7 Sunday night.

Police were called to the scene on Sept. 4 at around 10:20 p.m. on a report of a domestic disturbance at the home. Troopers found the home partially engulfed in flames. They initially tried to put out the fire as they checked the building for occupants, according to a Wednesday press release from Det. Sgt. Jamie Wright of the state police’s Fire and Explosion Unit. Police called the Brandon Fire Department to fight the fire at the residence, which authorities found to be unoccupied.

State police detectives and investigators from the Division of Fire Safety later began probing the cause of the fire. They learned a man and woman had been inside the home prior to the reported blaze, and that the woman had subsequently fled after an alleged altercation with the man, according to police. Authorities determined the man had left the house soon after the woman, but returned shortly thereafter, according to police.

This fire remains under investigation and is considered suspicious. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Wright at 802-442-5421.

Information can also be submitted through the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 1-800-32-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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