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Suspicious fires in Lunenburg

December 02, 2009
LANCASTER— The Lunenburg, Vt. Fire Department responded to two separate fires at 2150 River Rd. on Nov. 21, that officials deem suspicious.

"They were certainly intentionally set", said Det. Lt. James Cruise of the Vt. State Police Investigation Unit.

At 2:55 a.m. that day the LFD responded to the address after receiving a report that an older model GMC truck with a stake body was on fire in the driveway. The fire was centered at the front of the truck and the call was made by a neighbor. The LFD quickly put out the fire and left an hour later.

At 6:30 a.m. the LFD were called back to the River Road home for a garage fire that was not caused by or related to the truck fire, according to fire officials. The blaze was focused on the exterior of the garage and was called in by Gwen Ayer and Jeremy Way who live at the residence. This fire was also quickly put out and it was at this point that Lunenburg Fire Chief Robert Shaw contacted the Vermont State Police.

No injuries were reported and the damage between both fires was estimated to be under $10,000. Further details on how the fires were started are not being released at this time and the cause is still under investigation.

The Vermont State Police are asking anyone with information about the fires to contact Lt. Cruise through the State Police in St. Johnsbury at (802) 748-3111 or to contact the Vermont Arson Tip Program at 1-800-32-ARSON

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