Firefighters determine dorm arson

MIDDLEBURY-Middlebury firefighters responded quickly to fight a blaze in a Middlebury College student dormitory Feb. 26.

The fire call came at approximately 4:41 a.m. when smoke was reported filling up a floor at Gifford Hall.

Firefighters found the third floor choked with smoke. Using air packs, crews entered the dorm and the fire was quickly extinguished with help from the building's fire suppression system.

Fire investigators from the Vermont State Police and Vermont Division of Fire Safety discovered the blaze started in a refuse container in the third floor hallway. The dormitory was occupied by students at the time of the fire, but no injuries were reported.

Fire and water damage was considered moderate.

Investigation revealed the fire was caused by an incendiary means.

The Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit is assisting the Middlebury Police Department with the case.

Anyone with information regarding the fire is encouraged to contact the Middlebury Police Department at 802-388-3191 or VSP?Det. Sgt. Sutton at 802-773-9101.

The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program can also be contacted at 1-800-32-ARSON.

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