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Boy dies in Williamstown fire; two relatives hurt

A house fire early Monday in Williamstown has left a 6-year-old boy dead and his mother and grandfather injured.

The Williamstown Fire Department responded to a blaze at the Railroad Street residence of Kevin and Susan Lashomb at 3:28 a.m., according to Vermont State Police. Firefighters from neighboring towns provided assistance.

Chance Martin, the 6-year-old son of Tanika Lashomb and the grandson of Kevin and Susan Lashomb, was pronounced dead at Central Vermont Medical Center from injuries he suffered in the fire, police said.

As of early Monday afternoon, the Vermont State Police arson unit and the Division of Fire Safety were still investigating the fire.

Eight family members of the Lashombs lived in the residence.

Kevin Lashomb, 44, was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center for burn treatment. He was in stable condition Monday afternoon.

Tanika Lashomb, 23, received treatment at the UVM Medical Center and was released.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of Chance Martin’s death.

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