BENNINGTON — Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 108 Grant Street in Bennington early Saturday morning that displaced all residents.
According to Bennington Fire Department Chief Jeff Vickers, smoke was detected at the six-unit, three-level apartment building at 1:16 a.m. Upon arrival, surrounding residents advised firefighters that someone was still in the apartment.
Firefighters approached a locked area as to where they attempted to search for the person. They forced entry and found the individual unconscious. The person was extricated and then transported to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center by the Bennington Rescue Squad.
Vickers said the fire grew, making it difficult to fight in multiple confined spaces within the roof and walls. It wasn't until dusk that the flames were put out.
"The efforts took several hours to bring it fully under control," he said. "All of the other families got out safely."
Two or more cats were removed from the apartments.
The Vermont State Police Arson Investigation Unit was called to assist to determine the origin of the fire. It is still under investigation, but does not appear to be suspicious at this time, according to Vickers.
All families are displaced and were aided by the American Red Cross at the scene.
—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.