11/27/2012

Vt. police lose fleet to fire

The town manager received a call that the entire fleet was in flames in the department parking lot

By PoliceOne Staff

NORWICH, Vt. — All three of a Vermont town’s police cruisers were destroyed in a fire Thanksgiving morning.

Town manager Neil Fulton, who was the acting fire chief for the day, received a call Thursday that the entire fleet was in flames in the department parking lot, according to Vermont Public Radio.

He and Police Chief Douglas Robinson believe that the cause of the fire was not suspicious, though the town and its insurance company will conduct individual investigations.

Fulton said he fears the incident could lower the department’s moral.

“They're great people and I want to make sure that they know that we understand what happened and support them. And we've had a great outpouring of support from the community showing how much they respect and support our police department. I'm very pleased with that," Fulton said.

Neighboring sheriff’s departments have loaned Norwich two vehicles until they can be replaced.

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