Category Archives: Fires


Early-morning fire traps two on roof; rescued by firefighters

BENNINGTON — A fire trapped two people on the roof of a South Street home on Monday morning until they could be rescued by firefighters.
In a press release, Bennington Fire Department Chief Steve Crawford said the fire at 420 South Street was reported around 3:15 a.m. Firefighters learned soon after that two people who lived in the home were trapped on the roof by the fire.
The first firefighters who reached the building removed the two people with a ladder, Crawford said. The Bennington Rescue Squad took them to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for evaluation.
According to Crawford, the fire was found to be in the back of the house. Firefighters advanced to extinguish the fire there and a burning vehicle which was adjacent to the house.
Crawford said the main body of the fire was quickly extinguished but firefighters continued working to put out any fire still in the walls and the attic space of the house.
No firefighters were injured during the incident.
To determine the cause of the fire, Crawford asked the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit for assistance.
The Bennington Rural Fire Department assisted the Bennington Fire Department. Officers with the Bennington Police Department and employees with Green Mountain Power were also at the fire scene.

- Patrick McArdle

Fire in firehouse was intentionally set, police say

ALBANY — Officials say firefighters in Albany, Vt., were called to battle a blaze in their own fire house, and that the blaze is believed to have been intentionally set.
Troopers say Albany Fire Department personnel discovered one of their fire trucks ablaze while responding to a smoke alarm at their fire station early Sunday. The blaze quickly spread to the building.
Firefighters from Craftsbury, Irasburg and Orleans assisted in fighting the fire.
The Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit says a preliminary investigation indicates the fire was intentionally set. The blaze remains under investigation.

Leahy to promote tax credit for fire prevention

ST. JOHNSBURY — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is going to be in St. Johnsbury to talk about a plan to help prevent fires that have devastated a number of Vermont communities.
Leahy is proposing the creation of a tax credit for building owners who install fire suppression equipment.
He’s making the announcement Friday at 2:30 p.m. in downtown St. Johnsbury, which has suffered three major downtown fires since 2000 that killed three people and caused millions of dollars in damages.
Since the turn of the century there have been a series of fires in older buildings in Vermont downtowns.

Rutland Police seek help finding arsonist

Rutland Police are looking for a suspect they think may have been involved in setting two fires in the city Tuesday evening. A man described as in his early 20s, having short brown hair, being clean-shaven, wearing a long sleeve grey shirt with a red logo on the front with brown shorts was seen running from the scene of the second fire towards the fairgrounds.

The second fire, which was reported at 8:41 p.m., was set behind the old Hannafords building off South Main Street in a swampy area. The first fire was reported about an hour earlier, at 7:53 p.m., off Spruce Street, also in a swampy area. Police and the Rutland City Fire Department responded to both fires and they were extinguished before any property damage occurred.

Anyone with information involving the two fires is asked to contact police at 802-773-1820.

Firefighters investigate blaze that left family of 5 homeless

WHITINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — Firefighters are trying to determine what caused a fire at a house in Whitingham, Vt., that left a family of five homeless.
No one was injured in the fire this week, which was complicated at first by a lack of water supply. Firefighters from Readsboro and Wilmington assisted.
Fire marshals are investigating.

Fire destroys home in Bennington

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of a fire at a home in Bennington.
No one was injured in the fire, which started at the back of the house Saturday afternoon.
John Scutt, Bennington Rural Fire Department assistant chief, tells the Bennington Banner ( the fire on Silk Road just south of the Route 279 overpass was contained within an hour.
He said the building was a total loss.

Forest Service seeks help finding culprit in Winhall fire

PHOTO PROVIDED The US Forest Service is seeking help in finding out who or what may have caused this fire in Winhall on May 7.

The US Forest Service is seeking help in finding out who or what may have caused this fire in Winhall on May 7.



The U.S. Forest Service is looking for help figuring out the cause of a forest fire that happened on during the evening of May 7. The fire was in the Green Mountain National Forest near the intersection of Route 30 and Route 11 in Winhall, Vermont. U.S. Forest Service law enforcement is investigating the cause of the fire and is seeking the public’s help. Please contact Forest Service law enforcement at 802-747-6797 with any information.


National Guard training sparks small wildfires

BURLINGTON — The Vermont Army National Guard is monitoring some ongoing small fires at the forested Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho that flared up during training exercises last weekend.
Capt. Chris Gookin of the guard tells the Burlington Free Press ( the fires are contained and helicopter support is available to douse them with water if needed.
He said the fires were sparked by the use of munitions and small arms during weekend training. He said none of the fires had gotten out of control. Some have been put out, and some have flared up again.

Firefighters battle brush fires across the state

WATERVILLE — Firefighters are working on a fire in Vermont that’s burned about 20 acres of woods.
Two firefighters have suffered minor injuries in the Waterville fire. It started Monday and has been contained.
No homes have been threatened by the fire.
There have been other brush fires around the state. Also Monday, 13 acres of forest were burned near the Prospect Mountain Nordic Ski Center in Woodford. Firefighters said it appeared to have started at an area known as “Camp Snook,” accessible only by all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel-drive trucks.
Firefighters believe it was started as a controlled burn to clear brush.

Three firefighters hurt when gas tank explodes

MORRISVILLE — Police say three Vermont firefighters were injured when a tank of welding gas exploded during a fire that destroyed a home and art gallery in Morrisville.
The fire was reported late Friday evening and when firefighters arrived the Foundry Street building was engulfed in flames.
The Morrisville Fire Department called for assistance from departments in Hyde Park, North Hyde Park and Elmore.
The firefighters injured by the explosion of the acetylene tank were treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital.
The building was considered a total loss.
Investigators concluded that the fire originated on the back side of the residence where tools and other items were stored. The exact cause of the fire is undetermined.

- AP