Report: Authorities Investigate Woodstock Fire as "Suspicious"
Fire and police officials are investigating the fire that tore through a Woodstock building housing a family home, pizza restaurant, crafts gallery and weekly newspaper as "suspicious," the Valley News reports.
The paper quotes Woodstock Fire Chief David Green, who said, "The state police did an investigation in the restaurant and they have determined that (the fire) was suspicious in origin."
Green provided no details on what led investigators to that conclusion. State Police spokesman Adam Silverman told DailyUV.com that state police officials are assisting town authorities in their investigation, and any information would have to come from them. Neither Green nor Municipal Manager Phil Swanson could be reached Tuesday afternoon.
The fire broke out at 3:30 a.m. Monday and became an inferno that drew 17 fire departments from across the Upper Valley and beyond. While firefighters initially tried to enter the wood-framed structure housing the restaurant, family home and part of the Vermont Standard newspaper, the flames quickly forced them out.
After fighting the stubborn blaze through the morning, crews got the fire under control Monday afternoon and arson investigators began picking through the rubble.
The part-wooden, part-granite structure on Central Street houses the Pi Brick Oven Trattoria, The Vermont Standard, and Collective-the Art of Craft in Woodstock Village, along with at least one residence.