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Fire destroys Woodstock home after staining rags left on porch

Staff Report
Published: 6/5/2020 6:29:54 PM
Modified: 6/5/2020 6:29:42 PM

WOODSTOCK — A house in a rural part of Woodstock was destroyed by a fire Thursday afternoon that started when the owner left rags used for staining in a bag on the porch, according to a news release from the Vermont Department of Public Safety.

No one was injured in the blaze at 1274 Dunham Hill Road, which was reported by a neighbor around 2:45 p.m. When firefighters arrived they found the structure mostly collapsed and “completely consumed by fire,” the release said.

On Friday morning, investigators with the Department of Public Safety’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit examined the scene and found that the owner, whom the release identified as Richard Terwelp, had left staining rags in a black plastic bag on the back porch of the house, according to the release.

Investigators deemed the fire accidental and warned people using staining rags to let them dry fully before throwing them away.

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