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

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