Police release identity of man killed in explosion at Vermont home

Published: Nov. 23, 2022 at 11:30 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 23, 2022 at 4:11 PM EST
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NEWFANE, Vt. (WCAX) - Police have released the name of the man who was killed in an explosion at a home in Newfane.

Vermont State Police identified the victim as Russell Buzby, 56, of Newfane.

It happened on Nov. 18 at about 1 a.m. Crews responded to a report of an explosion and fire at a residence on Route 30 and found the home completely destroyed. They found Buzby’s body in the debris.

A neighbor told WCAX News Buzby was a great person.

“He would bring my mail to me if it was in the wrong mailbox. If he ever wanted to go fishing, he always made sure he knocked on the door and said, you know, ‘Do you mind if I walk down on your property?’ He was just a really nice man,” neighbor Valorie Pennington said.

Investigators say the cause and manner of Buzby’s death are still under investigation. So is the cause of the fire.

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