On Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 11:47 AM the Winooski Fire Department was dispatched with Saint Michael’s Fire & Rescue and the Colchester Center Volunteer Fire Company to a call on 27 Leclair Street. Saint Michael’s Fire & Rescue was first on the scene followed closely by Winooski’s Engine 1 apparatus and CCVFC’s tower truck.
Units found an active fire on the second-floor apartment in the kitchen area. Crews quickly extinguished the fire and began overhaul (removal of hazardous debris). The Winooski Police Department assisted. 2nd alarm crews (VT Air National Guard and the Burlington Fire Department) were canceled as they were not needed. The WFD was able to determine the origin of the incident but requested the assistance of the Vermont State Police department to determine the cause.
Saint Michael’s Fire & Rescue responded quickly to treat a person who sustained a minor injury while rescuing a dog from the apartment.
A determination was made that a kitchen stove burner was left on and combustible material placed on top of the fridge fell and landed on the range. The fire was limited to the area of origin (kitchen) but caused smoke and water damage throughout the apartment. The official determination of this incident is accidental.
The Winooski Fire Department would like to make note that the building had working smoke detectors that alerted tenants to the fire, which aided in our quick response. The estimated cost of damage due to the incident is $20,000. The tenant of the unit will be displaced for a period of time while repairs are made.
The Winooski Fire Department would also like to highlight the importance of our mutual aid partners and our commitment to the same.
Questions regarding this report can be sent to John Audy, Fire Chief:
firstname.lastname@example.org / 802 655 6410