State police investigating 2018 Grandview St. fire

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BENNINGTON — Vermont State Police continue to investigate an early-morning fire that destroyed a house on Grandview Street and damaged a neighboring home one year ago.

The cause of the fire is still listed as undetermined, but that is subject to change if further information is obtained, Sgt. Thomas Williams of the Vermont State Police, said in an email.

The report will not be released until an arrest is made or the statute of limitations has run out on the most serious charge that could result from the investigation, Williams said in the email.

The May 11, 2018, fire gutted an unoccupied home at 236 Grandview St., destroyed an Audi parked nearby and heavily scorched a neighboring home.

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Forty to 50 fire personnel responded, including mutual aid firefighters from the Bennington Rural Fire Department, Pownal Valley Fire Department and Pownal Protective Association Fire Department.

Bennington police, the Bennington Rescue Squad, and Green Mountain Power also responded to the scene, which was cleared at 6:47 a.m.

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No one was reported injured in the fire.

Then-Bennington Fire Department Chief Jeff Vickers told the Banner that the house at 236 Grandview was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived shortly after 3 a.m., and the structure soon collapsed on itself.

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A neighboring home at 240 Grandview St. showed significant damage to wood clapboards and around a porch and entrance area. Damage extended to the interior in some sections.

According to the town assessor's office, Vincent Royce is listed as the owner of 240 Grandview, while the house at 236 Grandview is owned by Kim and Roberta Guertin.

The house at 236 Grandview was reportedly being renovated and was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.


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