- Associated Press - Friday, February 10, 2017

SOUTH HERO, Vt. (AP) - Vermont State Police say a mother and daughter were killed in a fire that destroyed a home in South Hero.

Police say 87-year-old Elinor Lawrence and 54-year-old Carolyn Lawrence were found dead after firefighters from multiple departments extinguished the flames Thursday afternoon at the house on U.S. Route 2.

Emergency crews reported that neighbors had tried to help the victims but were unsuccessful. Lt. Maurice Lamothe says first responders saw at least one person inside the home, but no one came outside. Police confirmed the two deaths several hours later.

Lamothe says the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined. It’s not considered suspicious. The investigation is ongoing.

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