One found dead in burning Hardwick homeJuly 02,2013
One found dead in burning home
HARDWICK — Police and fire investigators are looking into the death of an unidentified person whose body was found in a burning house Monday afternoon in Hardwick, according to Vermont State Police.
Police withheld details about the person, pending an autopsy scheduled for today.
State police said Hardwick firefighters noticed smoke coming from an area of the town and found a mobile home burning on Terrace Hill Road at about 1:30 p.m.
While putting out the flames, firefighters forced their way into the home and found the person dead inside, according to state police.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Because of the circumstances, the Hardwick Fire Department requested an investigation into the fire’s origin and cause. Members of the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit and investigators with the Division of Fire Safety carried out that probe.
The Hardwick Police Department also went to the scene and led the death investigation.
The body was taken to the office of the chief medical examiner in Burlington, where the autopsy scheduled for this morning is expected to identify the body.
State police said the home is a total loss with an approximate value of $30,000. Besides the death, no injuries were reported.
Police said more information would be released today after the autopsy.
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