|Police Probe Suicide, Arson Case|
04:02PM / Thursday, June 03, 2010
POWNAL, Vt. — A Pownal man apparently set fire to his home before killing himself on Wednesday night.
State police and the office of the chief medical examiner are investigating the death of Hans J. Schiermeyer, 53, of 519 State Line Drive. Schiermeyer's death is believed to have been the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound that occurred during the evening of June 2.
Schiermeyer's body and a firearm were found by firefighters battling the blaze at the single-family home off Route 7 near the Massachusetts border.
The fire was reported at about 9:30 p.m. and firefighters found the home completely engulfed, according to state police. Nobody else was discovered at
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