On July 14th, 2021, at approximately 5:18 AM, the Winooski Fire Department with automatic aid from St. Michaels College Fire and Rescue were called to respond to a fire alarm activation at 62 Weaver Street with reported smoke in the basement. Winooski Police officers reported fire in the rear of the structure, and the Vermont Air National Guard Fire Department was also dispatched. First arriving responders reported heavy smoke and fire and began suppression efforts while conducting primary searches within all three units of the building.
A 'Second Alarm' was dispatched (including the Burlington, Colchester, Essex, and Milton Fire Departments) as the fire continued to travel within the walls and ceilings. Upon several building searches, it was determined that the aid of operating smoke detectors allowed all occupants to safely escape the building during the beginning stages of the fire. The fire was brought under control within a couple of hours. Afterward, responders began the overhaul and investigation process. The building sustained heavy fire, water, and smoke damage. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced families.
The City of Winooski Fire Marshal’s Office, Winooski Police Department, Vermont State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, and Vermont Division of Fire Safety Fire Investigations Unit are currently investigating the cause of the fire. The building was turned back over to the owner at approximately 3 PM.
Questions? Please reach out to Asst. Fire Marshal Liam Keating: 802 734 0918 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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