Police Reports

Homeowner dies in house fire

A Marlboro woman died in a house fire Sunday night. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

At 9:32 PM the Marlboro Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Augur Hill Road. Firefighters found the single-family residence engulfed in flames and learned the homeowner, Beverly Covey, 52, was trapped inside.

A family member, David Johnson, attempted to remove the victim but was unable to. Mr. Johnson sustained severe burn injuries and was transported to the hospital. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and located the victim in the living room. As part of Fire Chief Andrew Richardson’s assessment of the scene, he contacted the Vermont Department of Public Safety Fire and requested assistance with the origin and cause examination as well as the untimely death of the resident.

Investigators from the Dept. of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit (FEIU) and from the Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. The origin of the fire was determined to be in the living of the residence where the victim was located. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but foul play is not believed to be the cause.

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