Reward offered in Jeep fire case

BURLINGTON On July 28, shortly after midnight, the Burlington Police and Fire crews responded to a possible fire around the St. Paul andand Bank streets area of Burlington. Upon arrival a fire was discovered within the Corporate Plaza Garage facility. The fire was isolated to a Jeep Grand Cherokee, that had been parked within the garage. Deputy Chief Terry Francis also responded and requested the assistance of the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit with the investigation. Det. Sgt. James Cruise of the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit responded and assisted Deputy Chief Francis with the investigation. Scene examination has revealed the fire to be caused by direct human involvement and is being considered and arson at this time. Scene examination has also revealed the extreme heat generated by the fire has done direct damage to the cement floor decking of the level above the fire. This damage was assessed last week by engineers which could lead to the need for extensive repair of the garage facility. According to the facility manager, the potential replacement cost of one section of the decking will exceed $100,000. There were no injuries as a result of this fire and the vehicle is considered a total loss. Anyone with any information or who may have witnessed this fire is asked to contact the Vermont State Police at 802-878-7111 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program, VATAP at 1-800-32-ARSON. Rewards of up to $5,000 are available to anyone with information that may lead to an arrest in this case.

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