Fire destroys family’s home in Chittenden
By Lucia Suarez
STAFF WRITER | February 07,2013
Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Fire consumes a home in Chittenden on Wednesday.
CHITTENDEN — Heavy smoke poured from a single-family home on Holden Road late Wednesday morning as firefighters worked to douse flames that had spread to the attic.
Firefighters from six Rutland County towns responded to the fire that started around 10 a.m. After dousing the flames with water, they used long prods and saws to make holes allowing smoke to exit the house while they worked to find flames and hot spots. A firefighter on the scene said the house was a total loss.
Pittsford Fire Chief Tom Hooker said the fire was very difficult to put out because of “so much intense heat and smoke.”
“We had to pull out at one point,” he said. “The floor was not stable (and) the metal roof held the heat inside.”
Hooker said they had to keep rotating crews because the intense smoke inside the house forced them to change oxygen packs several times.
“We couldn’t get in there to get it out,” he said.
Fire crews from the towns of Pittsford, West Rutland, Proctor, Chittenden, Brandon and Rutland Town responded to the scene.
Paul Crain, who rented the house with his girlfriend and three children, said he had just arrived home after dropping his girlfriend off at work when he noticed the smoke
“I came in the door and whoosh,” he said while watching firefighters douse the fire. “I went through the smoke and grabbed my dog and got out.”
Crain said nobody was home when it started, but said the flames were coming from the basement.
The cause of the fire was not identified as of Wednesday night; fire investigators with the Vermont State Police were called to the scene.
Jan Sotirakis, disaster relief coordinator for the town, said there was an effort to collect donations for the family. She said the local school is accepting clothing donations, while the Chittenden Volunteer Fire Department will collect monetary contributions.
“We are looking at helping them for the long run,” she said. “We feel it’s one of our own and we need to help them.”
Donations and checks can be sent to Disaster Relief Fund, 266 Chittenden Road, Chittenden, VT 05737.