Fatal fire investigation in St. Johnsbury

Courtesy: Danville Volunteer Fire Dept.

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont State Police are investigating a deadly fire in St. Johnsbury.

The fire department says about five agencies responded late Tuesday night to Crepeault Hill Road.

By the time fire crews got there, they say the home was already mostly collapsed. Wednesday, police found a badly burned body inside the rubble; they haven't identified the person.

But investigators say the homeowner, Timothy Persons, 52, is unaccounted for and so is his vehicle. He has a green 2005 Dodge Caravan with a license plate of GLP263.

Anyone with information on the fire, Persons or his van, is asked to contact Vermont State Police in St. Johnsbury at 802-748-3111.