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Fatal fire in Bennington kills couple's son and two dogs


BENNINGTON, Vt. - Fire crews remain on the scene of a fatal fire that happened at a home on the intersection of Lincoln and County Streets Saturday morning.

Fire Chief Steve Crawford said three people were in the home at the time of the fire. According to Crawford, his crews were able to rescue Larry and Patricia Moffitt, the owners of the residence, but their 33-year-old son with special needs Scotty Moffitt and the family's two dogs were killed in the fire.

Crawford said the fire call came in to the Village of Bennington's Volunteer Fire House at 10:47 Saturday morning and five fire departments worked for an hour to put out the flames.

Crawford said Larry Moffitt jumped from the second story of the home, but firefighters found Moffitt's wife Patricia on the first floor of the home when they arrived on the scene. Crawford said she sustained severe burns and was flown to a hospital burn center in Boston for treatment.

Larry was treated and released from a local hospital and was seen walking around the home wearing a cast on one of his legs Saturday evening.

Crawford said when his men tried to find Scotty, they had to turn back because of extreme heat in the home and later found him on the first floor.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen and has not been deemed suspicious. Arson investigators are at the scene Saturday evening as protocol. 

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