Category Archives: Essex Junction

Mistake sends 500k of wastewater into the Winooski

ESSEX JUNCTION — Officials say a worker error caused a wastewater treatment plant in Essex Junction to dump 500,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Vermont’s Winooski River.
The plant is now operating properly after the overnight spill on Friday and Saturday.
The plant manager told WPTZ-TV ( ) that a worker accidentally bumped into a switch, causing the spill.
And state officials say there have been at least 30 other cases of sewage flowing into Vermont waters this year.
A  Vermont Agency of Natural Resources official says the heavy rains in May and June caused an unusually high number of storm-related overflows into surface waters.
A water quality superintendent at the Essex Junction plant said he is setting up a barrier around the controls on the machine to prevent the accident from happening again.

Firefighters look for cause of Wendy’s restaurant fire

ESSEX JUNCTION — Firefighters are trying to fire out what caused a fire at a Wendy’s restaurant in Essex Junction, Vt.
Deputy Fire Chief Phil Noyes said he believes Wednesday’s fire started in a rooftop vent unit in the kitchen, but added that wasn’t the conclusion yet. The fire was between the ceiling and the roof.
The Burlington Free Press reports ( Noyes said a handful of employees were inside the restaurant preparing to open when the fire broke out at about 8:45 a.m.
No one was injured.

Vermont family forced out by second fire in one week

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) A Vermont family has been left homeless by fire twice in one week.

WCAX-TV ( reports that Jack and Chris Tardie of Essex Junction lost their home last week in a fire caused by an outdoor cooking accident. They had been staying at TownePlace Suites hotel in Williston for five days when it caught fire Saturday night.

An improperly discarded cigarette may have caused that fire, which caused no injuries but more than $1 million damage. State police say the fire traveled quickly from the building’s exterior to its roof, slowing the activation of its sprinkler system.

Water main break affects Essex Jct.

ESSEX JUNCTION — Police in the Vermont village of Essex Junction says a water main break will affect people throughout the village.
The break in the line was reported Thursday morning at the corner of Main Street and Brickyard Road.
Police say water users throughout the village will be affected until repairs are made.