• Police: City fire 'suspicious'; drug arrest made hours before blaze Updated - 11:25 a.m.
    February 21,2014
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    City firefighters battle a blaze at 42 Cleveland Avenue this morning.
    A fire that started at a Rutland apartment house that police had raided just hours before is considered a suspicious blaze by Vermont State Police fire investigators who are combing the charred scene at 42 Cleveland Ave.

    No one was injured in the fire at the two-unit apartment building. City firefighters at the scene this morning said the occupants of the home were out of the building when they arrived shortly after 5:45 a.m. and none of the crews called out during the general alarm blaze were injured.

    By 9 a.m., the fire in the two-story home was doused. There was little fire damage to the first or second floor but the attic space was heavily damaged by smoke and flame.

    While the top of the building burned the most, fire officials said the blaze appeared to have started in a ground floor entryway before climbing to the attic.

    David Covell , the policy advisor to Rutland's chief of police, said this morning that police executed a search warrant at the home at 8 p.m. Thursday and arrested 41-year-old Colleen Keefe. She was jailed and will be arraigned today on a felony charge of possessing crack cocaine.

    Anyone with any information regarding the fire should call city police at 773-1816.
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