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Vt. Police Department Loses Cruiser Fleet to Fire

The Norwich Police Department lost its fleet of cruisers after a fire burned all three of the vehicles early Thanksgiving morning.

Town Manager Neil Fulton, who was the acting fire chief for the holiday, received the initial call before dawn that the cruiser were ablaze in the police department's parking lot, according to Vermont Public Radio.

Police Chief Douglas Robinson responded and both men quickly realized the vehicles would be a total loss.

State Police could not find the exact caused, but determined the fire was not suspicious.

The town and its insurance company will conduct its own investigation into the fire and Fulton told the station that arson has not been completely ruled out.

Norwich has already put out bids for new cruisers, which will be paid for with insurance money and town funds.

In the meantime, the Hartford and the Windsor County sheriff's departments have loaned Norwich two fully equipped cruisers.