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City of Winooski News Updates

Posted on: February 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Winooski Fire Department Press Release 2.1.23

Fire Incident

Media Contact: John Audy, Fire Chief / / 802 373 7891

On January 31, 2023, at approximately 4:25 AM, the Winooski Fire Department received reports of a building fire located at 246 Main Street. 1st alarm units (St. Michael’s College Fire & Rescue, Vermont Air National Guard) were dispatched to assist. Heavy fire was visible from the exterior stairs and a floor window of 246 Main Street, in which a 2nd alarm (additional assistance) was requested. 

During the fire suppression efforts, medical aid was rendered to an occupant who was immediately transported to UVM Medical Center. The fire quickly spread to 2 other buildings - 248 Main Street and 8 Stevens Street. 3rd and 4th alarms were requested as crews faced heavy fire conditions in all 3 structures. Approximately 75 firefighters from 14 regional fire departments (in and out of Chittenden County) assisted in this incident. Responding organizations included:

  • Burlington Fire Department
  • Colchester Fire Department
  • Essex Junction Fire Department
  • Essex Town Fire Department
  • Milton Fire Department
  • Richmond Fire Department
  • Shelburne Fire Department
  • South Burlington Fire Department
  • South Hero Fire Department 
  • St. Michaels Fire & Rescue
  • Underhill/Jericho Fire Department
  • UVM Rescue
  • Vermont Air National Guard
  • Williston Fire Department

We are thankful for our regional partners and their service to Winooski during this incident. We are also grateful for the assistance of the Winooski Police and Public Works Departments, the Vermont State Police, Green Mountain Power, the Vermont Division of Fire Safety, and Vermont Gas. 

The fire was declared under control approximately four hours after the initial call, where public safety crews remained until late in the afternoon to conduct general overhaul and begin a cause/origin investigation. The American Red Cross is assisting the 8-10 displaced residents. In addition to the residents, three businesses were also damaged/displaced. There was one non-life-threatening injury to an occupant of 246 Main Street, and one non-life-threatening injury to a firefighter reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit, Winooski Police Department, and the Winooski Fire Department. Anyone with information is asked to call the Winooski Police Department at 802 655 0221 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program at 1-800-32-ARSON.

The Winooski Fire Department and its many partners would like to remind the general public to check/assure that you have properly installed and operating smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. As evident in this fire early detection/notification is key to keeping you and your family members safe.

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