Police call 2 deadly fires in Woodbury suspicious

Published: Oct. 31, 2018 at 11:58 AM EDT
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Police are investigating two fires at neighboring Woodbury homes where two people were found dead.

The scene at the corner of Sand Hill and Bliss roads was blocked off all day as investigators combed through not one but two fire-damaged homes.

"I was kind of shocked when I heard what happened," neighbor Joe Gacy said.

Gacy woke up on his quiet rural road to crime scene tape and chaos.

"I heard some noise outside and when I opened up the curtains to look out, I saw a fire next door," Gacy said.

Crews responded to the call shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night. While they were fighting the blaze for the initial call, they noticed another fire at the house next door. They found the remains of one dead person inside each of the two buildings. That immediately made the fires suspicious.

"It turned out to be two separate fires going on at the same time. Ultimately, it turned into a crime scene," Vt. State Police Det. Todd Ambroz said.

The Vermont Major Crime Unit joined fire investigators at the scene. They are not yet calling it a homicide investigation and they have not yet told us whether the victims died from the fire or another cause.

"Obviously, with everyone here, it's not good," Ambroz said.

The names of the victims have yet to be released but Gacy says his neighbors kept to themselves and were good people.

"He was a nice guy. He had his girlfriend or wife that lived with him," Gacy said. "I knew him vaguely. I haven't seen him in a long time. I didn't associate with him at all."

Anyone with information on these fires is asked to call state police in Middlesex at 802-229-9191.