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‘Suspicious’ fires destroy two Essex County camps

AVERYS GORE — Authorities say that a pair of fires that took place in Essex County last week at two rural camps are considered suspicious.

On August 25 police were notified of a camp that had burned down on the Gore Road in Avery’s Gore.

The fire had not been reported to the Brighton Fire Department and the camp was allowed to burn until it self-extinguished.

This camp is known as the Gore Camp.

It is believed that the fire occurred during the evening hours of August 24, and the early morning hours the next day.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation, however, it appears that there was direct human involvement,” a statement issued by state police reads.

The second fire was reported on September 1, another camp on the Gore Road.

This camp is located near Unknown Pond.

Once ignited the fire spread to the surrounding vegetation, burning many of the surrounding trees.

Authorities say that this fire likely occurred sometime between August 24, and September 1.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is being asked to contact Det. Sgt. Michael LaCourse at the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881 or by contacting the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program(VATAP) hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON(1-800-322-7766).

The VATAP will pay up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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