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South Main Street Fire Report

Date: December 10, 2016
Nature of call: House Fire

Address: 572 – 574 South Main St
Time of Call: 6:50am

Type of Building: 2 ½ story wood frame duplex
Number of Residents: 6

Number of Alarms and Times: 2nd alarm at 6:56am
Under Control: 7:37am

Injuries: No

Fatalities: No

Owner: DT Investments - Brattleboro

Brattleboro Trucks on Scene: 5
Brattleboro FF’s: 18

Assisting Agencies on Scene: Brattleboro Police, Rescue Inc, Brattleboro Dept of Public Works, Brattleboro Utilities Division, Green Mountain Power

Mutual Aid Towns on Scene: Putney, Keene

Mutual Aid Towns Covering Brattleboro Stations: Hinsdale, Guilford, Chesterfield

Action Taken: At 6:50am Brattleboro Central Dispatch received a call reporting smoke coming from the roof at 572 – 574 South Main St. Engine 1, Engine 4 and Rescue 2 responded on a 1st alarm assignment. At 6:55 Brattleboro Police arrived on the scene and reported smoke showing from the roof and eve area of #574. BFD Captain Ron Hubbard, the officer in charge on Engine 1, ordered a 2nd alarm be struck while enroute due to the PD report.

Upon arrival of Engine 1 at 6:57 they reported a working fire on the second floor. Tenants in the building told fire crews that everyone was out. Hose lines were stretched and an attack was made on the fire. At 7:05 interior crews reported the fire had been knocked down on the 2nd floor but had extension into the attic and were making their way there.

As more personnel arrived crews were assigned to both sides of the duplex structure to do a search for occupants and a hose line was stretched to the upper floors of #572 to cut off any fire that was extending that way. The remaining fire in the attic was extinguished with no extension into #572 and the incident was declared under control at 7:37am.

There were no injuries and one cat was removed by firefighters from the fire apartment unharmed. Brattleboro was assisted at the scene by Putney and Keene Fire Departments as well as Rescue Inc, Brattleboro Police, Brattleboro Dept of Public Works, Brattleboro Utilities Division and Green Mountain Power. #574 received extensive fire, smoke and water damage while #572 received some smoke damage.

The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation by the BFD Investigation Team and does not appear to be suspicious. There were six occupants between the two apartments, including two young children. They all are staying with friends or relatives as the building is uninhabitable. All Brattleboro units were back in service at 11:00 am.

Contact: Michael Bucossi
Brattleboro Fire Chief

Brattleboro Fire Department
103 Elliot Street * Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-254-4831 FAX: 802-257-2323

Michael Bucossi, Fire Chief
LeonardHoward, Assistant Chief


Date: 12/12/16

The fire that caused extensive damage to 574 South Main St on Saturday morning, December 10, has been determined to have started due to an overheated electrical circuit. The 2 alarm fire, which was reported at 6:50 am, started in the attic at an electrical junction box.

Two families, a total of six people, were displaced by the fire which left the building uninhabitable. There were no injuries and there were working smoke detectors in the building.

Contact: Michael Bucossi
Brattleboro Fire Chief


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