ROCHESTER, V.T. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Friday night, a wildfire in Rochester, Vermont led to the discovery of a man who appeared to have died trying to quell the flames by his lonesome.
The Rochester Fire Department contacted the Vermont State Police at around 10 p.m., saying that they found the deceased man while fire officials were putting out the wild land fire on Jones Mountain Road.
Officials say they brought the victim to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification, the results of which are pending.
The VSP says the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit arrived the next day to conduct an origin and cause examination, the conclusion of that revealed the man's body was located about 200 yards east of a homestead. Officials say that it appears the man had died trying to suppress the fire by himself.
The DPSFEIU said that there was no indication that the fire was directly human made, nor did it appear to have been a criminal event.
The wildfire scorched roughly two to three acres of woodland before it was successfully put out by fire officials.