Mount Holly Family loses all in fire
By Anders Ax
CORRESPONDENT | January 23,2013
Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
A house was destroyed by a fire on Nichols Road in Mount Holly on Tuesday morning.
A Mount Holly family escaped without injury from an early morning blaze at their Nichols Road home that destroyed the two-story building and all of their belongings.
“The house was fully engulfed when we got there,” said Keith Hawkins, Mount Holly fire chief. “The tough thing was the owner said he had to go down the road to use a phone.”
Firefighters were called at 5:50 a.m. and responded to the scene eight minutes later, Hawkins said, with 15 trucks from Mount Holly, Ludlow, Shrewsbury and East Wallingford.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing, but the chief said he believed that the blaze may have started in the corner of the basement where the pellet stove and electrical box were located.
Frederick Ludwig, a neighbor, said that when he walked over to the fire, Harlow was wrapped in a bathrobe while another member of the household was standing barefoot in the snow.
“They got nothing,” Ludwig said. “Everything is gone.”
Hawkins said battling the fire became more difficult after the house’s tin roof collapsed creating hot spots within the wreckage.
“I just appreciate all the mutual aid we had,” Hawkins said. “Everyone did an excellent job.
The fire in Mount Holly wasn’t the only fire to occur in Rutland County on Tuesday. Another house fire in Castleton at 263 Route 30 had destroyed a mobile home and displaced a mother, father and 3-year-old twins. Financial assistance, as well as lodging, had been provided for the family.
Doug Bishop, spokesman for the American Red Cross of Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley Regions, said that the family of five from Mount Holly, and another person staying at the house, had all been provided with temporary lodging and financial assistance for food and clothing lost in the fire.
Neither the Harlows nor the family in Castleton could be reached for comment.