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Newport Center fire considered suspicious

NEWPORT CENTER — A fire destroyed an unoccupied building in Newport Center last Friday, and investigators are trying to determine how it started.

The Newport Center Fire Department responded to 156 Niles Road on July 24, at around 11:40 p.m.

The two-story building was a single-family home with an attached garage that has been unoccupied for several years.

Newport Center Fire Chief Kurk Flynn contacted fire investigators for assistance in determining the origin and cause of the fire.

Investigators say although there were no official tenants, there was the possibility of unauthorized individuals in the building.

The owners reported an unauthorized person entering the property on numerous occasions.

There was also no power going to the building.

The fire remains under investigation and is considered suspicious.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Michael LaCourse at the Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

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