Category Archives: Fire

Hartford Fire Department Responds to Lily Pond Road Fire

hartford-emergency-servicesShortly before 7:30 pm Tuesday night,  the Hartford Fire Department was dispatched to 20 Lily Pond RD for a report of a building fire. The first arriving unit found fire venting from the 2nd floor windows of apartment 3. The initial hose line quickly suppressed the fire allowing crews to work inside the building to ensure everyone had safely evacuated and further protect the occupant’s property. There were no reported injuries and the fire was confined to Apartment 3 with minimal spread into the attic space. The occupants of the other apartments agreed to find alternative lodging for the night but will likely be able to return home today. Apartment 3 will not be inhabitable until significant repairs have been made. Hartford Fire units were assisted on scene by the Lebanon and Hanover Fire Departments while the Hartford Fire Station received coverage from Norwich and Hartland Fire Departments.

Petition Will Not Help Expelled Dartmouth Students

dartmouthgreenAccording to The Dartmouth the online petition created by Sebastian Lim and Daniel Ro will not play a role in their disciplinary process according to College spokesperson Diana Lawrence. Lim and Ro admitted to causing the Oct. 1 fire in Morton Hall in an online petition on the Care2 petition site.

In the letter, titled “Change Our Lives,” Ro and Lim apologized for their actions and asked people to sign the petition in support as the two have been expelled from the College for posing “a threat to the community at large.”

Morton Hall is currently uninhabitable as a result of extensive smoke and water damage caused by the fire.
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Birds Lost in Newport Barn Fire

Newport Fire EMs patchThe Newport Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a call at 12:27P.M., reporting heavy black smoke in the area of Brown Rd. While en route dispatch updated caller reporting shed fire. Upgraded to 1st Alarm.

Initial units arrived on scene at 12:30PM with fire from the rear of a barn structure and heavy smoke showing throughout also found fully involved pole barn. Upon arrival of the first unit a second alarm was called. There were no residents home at the time of the fire. Entry was made into the barn multiple Pigs and Birds were discovered. Bulk of the fire was knocked down in the barn and assistance was made to remove 6 Pigs. All 7 pigs were safely removed from the building however one was missing and other pigs were assisted with water to cool them down and oxygen. Multiple Birds were lost in the fire. Newport Fire-EMS received assistance from several mutual aid towns. Responding to the scene were Newport Police Department, Lempster, Goshen, Claremont, Sunapee, New London, Grantham, Croydon and Newbury Fire Departments. Covering the Newport Fire Station were the Lempster and New London Fire Departments.

Interior and exterior crews were able to quickly knock down the bulk of the fire. Due to dry conditions fire extended into the woods. Extensive overhaul was required for several hot spots in hard to reach places. The fire was deemed under control at 13:38 P.M. The residence was released to the homeowners   Valerie and William Sanborn

A joint investigation was conducted by Newport Fire-EMS and Newport Police department members. The cause of the fire was determined to be undetermined from the Pole Barn and if anyone with further information and/or questions is asked to contact Fire Chief Wayne Conroy at 863-1416



Cigarette Cause of Quechee VT Fire


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Just before 9 pm on Tuesday, the Hartford Fire Department was dispatched to a reported fire in an attached garage of a home at 88 Dawn Drive in Quechee.  Upon arrival, first arriving units found a light smoke condition in the garage and the fire was found to be extinguished by the occupant of the home. The occupant of the home reported to personnel that cigarette ashes were discarded into a plastic garbage bag in the garage.  A few minutes later when returning to the garage the bag had ignited catching a wall in the garage on fire.  The occupant immediately called 911 and removed family members from the home while another occupant extinguished the fire using a fire extinguisher. Upon arrival Hartford personnel continued to cool the burned area and checked for extension of the fire and the home was metered for carbon monoxide.  Minor damage was caused to the garage by the fire however the fire did not extend beyond where it originated.  Once the fire was completely extinguished and the building was clear from carbon monoxide occupants were allowed back in the home.

Boat Fire on I-91 in Hartford VT


boatfireHartford VT Fire Department responded to a boat fire at the I-91 Southbound Rest Area Monday afternoon.  Officials say the boat was heavily involved upon their arrival with large volumes of black smoke billowing from the rest area. The boat was disconnected from the tow vehicle and fire fighters were able to knock down the flames quickly.  The cause of the fire is still undetermined and the boat sustained extensive damage.

Fire At Wilder Motel Under Investigation

hartford vt safety servicesHartford Fire Department answered a one-alarm fire call at the Wilder Motel last night shortly after 11:00 pm. Fire officials say that heavy smoke was showing from an end unit of the structure. Firefighters entered  unit 8  to find a heavy smoke condition and saw a mattress on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished and the fire was under control by 11:28.

Room 8 was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The damage was isolated to Room 8. The remaining living units were checked  by fire department personnel  and occupants were allowed to return to their  unit According to tax records the building is owned  by Gate Properties, LLC of Lebanon,  NH.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined and is under investigation. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

Cause Unknown in Hartford VT Fire

fire HartlandVT Fire investigators will be on scene this morning to try to identify the cause of a fire that destroyed a Hartford VT apartment building yesterday. Hartford firefighters found two vehicles engulfed in the driveway and the front of 38 Crystal Place heavily involved with fire when they arrived about 2:45 pm.

Firefighters tried to enter the building but because of the heavy extent of fire throughout the structure, firefighting operations were done from the outside. It was confirmed that all occupants evacuated prior to the arrival of the fire department.

Lebanon, Hanover, Norwich, Woodstock, Plainfield, Weathersfield, Ascutney, Windsor, and Thetford all assisted Hartford in the ground operations.

The Red Cross supplied water to the firefighters and assisted occupants and neighbor with recovery.

Fire Damages Bellows Falls Home

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Photo fro North Walpole Fire & Rescue Dept.

A third alarm fire did substantial damage to a 38 Green Street residence in Bellows Falls just after 6 am on Monday. Upon arrival, crews reported smoke showing on second floor of the wooden structure. Fire Departments from Walpole, North Walpole, and Claremont NH were on scene as well Springfield, Brattleboro Grafton, Chester, Westminster m Saxtons River and Rockingham VT. Captain McGinnis of Bellows Falls Fire Department says the fire was under control in a couple of hour. No one was home at the time of the blaze, which was called in by a neighbor. Fire investigators were called in to determine the cause of the blaze

One Man Severely Burned In Suspected Meth Lab Fire

ryegate VT mapVermont law enforcement authorities suspect a clandestine meth lab maybe the cause of a Saturday fire, which left one male with severe burns. The Vt. State Police Arson unit was called to investigate a fire involving a camper on Bayley Road in Ryegate. The victim was taken to cottage hospital and later flown to Boston. He is in serious condition.

The occupants of the house next to the camper were evacuated to a neighboring residence for the evening.

Troopers secured the area and on Sunday. The Vermont State Police Clan Lab team, Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team, Ryegate Fire Department and Woodsville, NH ambulances returned to the scene. Hazardous materials and chemicals that were used in the manufacturing of Meth were located and secured. The materials were disposed of accordingly residents were allowed to access to the property.  No materials were located in the main residence.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the investigation  is ongoing at this time.

Fundraiser For Victim of Ascutney Motel Fire

ascutney fire flamesA fundraiser has been set up for one of the tenants who lost all his belongings Monday in the fire at the Yankee Village Motel in Ascutney. Bill Tyler 54 moved into the motel about a month ago after he was released from the hospital after having pneumonia. Tyler escaped with his puppy and the clothes he was wearing.  Tyler even lost his medications.  He was put up at a motel in Hartford VT but left because he did not feel safe staying there.  Currently he is staying with his daughter but has to move out by May 2. Currently Tyler needs clothes, blankets, and cash. To make a donation click on here  and search for Ascutney Hotel Fire Victim.