by Andrew Martin
A fire in a remote area of Belvidere is currently under investigation by the Vermont State Police. The fire occurred on Saturday, October 27, in a 500 acre sugarbush on Boarding House Hill Road in Belvidere Center. The Johnson Fire Department, North Hyde Park Fire Department, the Belvidere Fire Warden, and a member of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation responded to the fire.
The responding departments and individuals had difficulty locating the fire when first arriving at the scene due to the high elevation and remote location of the site. Once the general location of the fire was located it was discovered that an 8 foot x 12 foot warming hut had been completely consumed by the blaze. The fire had then spread to the surrounding woods before burning itself out. No one was injured in the blaze and damage estimates are in the vicinity of $500.
Three days later on Tuesday, October 30, the Vermont State Police, Fire Investigation Unit was contacted by Joseph Russo, the owner of the land. Russo asked that the authorities further investigate the origin and cause of the incident, and they did so the following day, October 31. Based upon their investigation officers now consider the fire suspicious in nature.
Members of the Vermont State Police, Fire Investigation Unit are continuing their investigation into the fire. Anyone with any information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Potter at 1-802-748-3111.