Cause of Woodstock downtown block fire is formally determined to have been arson
WOODSTOCK - Someone deliberately set the fire which destroyed the Pi Brick Oven Trattoria last month, state fire investigators confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze, which broke out during the pre-dawn hours of Monday, July 16th, had been considered suspicious from the beginning but it has now officially been reclassified as “incendiary,” Vermont State Police Detective Sgt. Steven Otis reported.
Otis said the determination that the fire was “purposefully set” was made based on the analysis of samples pulled from the first floor restaurant by a team of investigators, including his arson dog “Guava” who helped with the search at the crime scene in the days following the fire.
“The results from the Vermont Crime Lab indicate the presence of accelerants in those exhibits,” Otis said in a press release, adding that additional items removed from the burnt building are still undergoing testing in the lab.
Investigators are asking anyone who might have information to contact either Woodstock Fire Chief David Green or Detective Sgt. Otis at the Westminster Barracks State Police Barracks at 802-722-4669.
Callers can also utilize the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 1-800-32- ARSON.
Any information provided that results in an arrest could net the caller up to $5,000 in cash.
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