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a thorough and timely investigation, UVM
Police has identified the persons believed to
be responsible for the door fires at Harris
Hall that occurred at 1:37 this morning. UVM
was assisted in the investigation by members
of the UVM community. Five persons were
identified and have been cited into court for
Second Degree Arson with a court date of
February 11, 2020.
This incident was serious and concerning due
to the potential danger that starting several
fires on residence hall doors poses to the
safety and well-being of residents. We depend
on our community to assist with information
when these situations impact us, and thank the
individuals who assisted with this case. We
also want to thank our first responders from
the Burlington Fire Department and UVM Police.
When officers arrived, they found that paper
decorations that adorned several doors on the
first and second floor had been lit on fire.
The fire was out when emergency responders
arrived and property damage was minimal.
This incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with additional information is asked to
contact UVM Police Services.
Always call 911 for any crime in progress.
Report suspicious behavior/activity to UVM
Police by calling 802-656-3473, or information
can be sent confidentially by visiting the
UVM Police Services website at
www.uvm.edu/police or by text to
847411 (tip411) and include the keyword
UVM in your message.
Bystander intervention is when an uninvolved
person witnesses someone else at risk of or
experiencing harm and takes safe, positive
steps to prevent it. When members of a
community know how to recognize potential harm
and intervene, bystander intervention can
promote a safer and healthier campus
community. For more information and training
about bystander intervention contact Living
Well at UVM