Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:43:07 GMT
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method. The recommended method will help reduce the spread ofMore >>
As boaters take to the water, biologists with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department want to remind people to use the spread prevention method.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:34 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:34:21 GMT
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday. A press release says of the estimated 4,060 people diagnosed with cancer this year in Vermont, about 1 in 4 will be served with American CancerMore >>
The American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:02:05 GMT
The traffic lights at Dorset Street and Williston Road are malfunctioning. Police say the South Burlington Highway Department is working on fixing the problem. It may take crews a few more hours to fix.More >>
The traffic lights at Dorset Street and Williston Road are malfunctioning.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:37 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:37:07 GMT
Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the FOX44 & ABC22 SkyTracker weather team. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for storm development. As a result, you should remainMore >>
Here are some thunderstorm safety tips from the FOX44 & ABC22 SkyTracker weather team.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-22 17:47:05 GMT
A boiling water advisory has been issued for some Montreal residents Wednesday. According to CBC, the boil water advisory, affecting more than 1 million Montrealers, covers all areas south of the MetropolitanMore >>
A boiling water advisory has been issued for some Montreal residents Wednesday.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-05-22 15:51:34 GMT
The body of a Vermont man was found floating offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida Sunday. Florida police say the body was identified Monday as 55-year-old Mark Parent, of Enosburg, Vt. Someone calledMore >>
The body of a Vermont man was found floating offshore of Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida Sunday. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:09:35 GMT
A car struck the Kinney Drugs located on Shelburne Road in Burlington, Vt. Wednesday morning.Police say Frederick Gundlach, 74, of Burlington, Vt. was trying to turn around in the parking lot of the storeMore >>
A car struck the Kinney Drugs located on Shelburne Road in Burlington, Vt. Wednesday morning.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-22 13:30:21 GMT
An agreement has been reached between the state of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. The tribe will have exclusive rights to the casino gambling in the North Country. It also means they will haveMore >>
An agreement has been reached between the state of New York and the St. Regis Mohawk tribe. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:35 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:35:35 GMT
FBI agents shot and killed a suspect they believe may have known the Boston bombing suspects in an apartment complex in Florida. ABC News reports while law enforcement officials were asking about the suspect'sMore >>
FBI agents shot and killed a suspect they believe may have known the Boston bombing suspects in an apartment complex in Florida.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:09 AM EDT2013-05-22 12:09:42 GMT
A Burlington restaurant did some tipping of their own to help out a local charity. The Scuffer Steak and Ale House on Church Street donated 15% of their profits last night to the Humane Society of ChittendenMore >>
A Burlington restaurant did some tipping of their own to help out a local charity.More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Burlington's fire marshal thinks someone intentionally set a house fire this morning. The home is currently under a complete renovation. Because it's vacant, the city had already deemed it dangerous. No arrests have been made yet in connection to the fire, but the property owner, Chris Khamnei has been in and out of court for a variety of other things.
Multiple 911 calls came in Wednesday morning, reporting a home on Manhattan Drive was up in flames. Firefighters had it under control within ten minutes, but spent the rest of the day snapping photos and digging through the scene. Nine hours later, it was deemed arson.
"One of the things we have to rule out is not just Mr. Khamnei, but somebody being displeased with him," Burlington Fire Marshal Terry Francis said.
Chris Khamnei is the landlord of several properties in Burlington, many of which have had city violations, including the house that burned down.
"He had materials that were stacked up haphazardly and leaned up against the property owners fencing, it's totally unacceptable," Bill Ward, the Director of Code Enforcement said.
I wondered why Khamnei wasn't at the scene and found out he was in court. When I caught up with him there, he didn't want to do an on camera interview, so I went to his house. Khamnei then told me that the string of tickets the city has issued him for being incompliant creates an image.
"God forbid if something big or legitimate actually happens and in this case it did and it makes me look very bad," Khamnei said.
But as of July 2nd, Khamnei was in compliance with city ordinances.
"We made all of these efforts to get the wood out of the backyard which was claimed to be a fire hazard and then we put it in a box truck to comply and that's what catches fire," Khamnei said.
There's no insurance on the home, once it lapsed, Khamnei said it wasn't worth it because there's not a lot of value to the building, but there was some damage done to the house next door, which Khamnei will be responsible for.
Again, police say the fire was intentionally set, but haven't said what was used and they do not have any suspects yet.