Police probe fire that destroyed 2 homes, damaged building

June 28, 2021 GMT

BRIGHTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont fire investigators are probing the cause of a fire in Brighton that destroyed two homes and damaged a commercial building last week, Vermont State Police said Monday.

Investigators have video footage and still images of a vehicle leaving the area on Railroad Street just minutes before the fire started on Wednesday, state fire officials said. The Brighton Fire Department responded to the report of a loud explosion and fire. When firefighters arrived, one house was completely engulfed in flames and had started to collapse and another was on fire, state police investigators said.

The fire appears to have started on the main floor of the first house and spread to the other house and a commercial building, investigators said The cause is being investigated.

Anyone with information about it is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Derby. People can also call in tips anonymously to the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 1-800 32-ARSON. A reward of up to $5,000 may be offered for information that leads to an arrest, state police said.