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Elderly couple die in Bethel house fire

The Vermont State Police is investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were discovered inside their home in Bethel following a fire early Tuesday morning, Dec. 13.

The fire was reported at 5:23 a.m. at 2937 Christian Hill Road. Upon arrival, responding fire crews found the two-story brick home with an addition on the back fully engulfed. During their efforts to battle the blaze, firefighters located the bodies of the victims, a man and a woman in their 70s.

Fire officials requested the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit respond to the scene to determine the origin and cause of the blaze. Initial investigation indicates the fire is not suspicious.

Detectives from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded to perform the death investigation. The bodies of the victims will be transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington for autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death. Their identities are being withheld at this time pending notification of next of kin.

Agencies that responded to the scene included the Bethel, Barnard and South Royalton fire departments and White River Valley Ambulance.

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