Friday May 3, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- A fire that originated in the basement of a raised ranch home on Quails Hill Road was quickly extinguished early Thursday night.

According to Brattleboro Fire Department Captain Ron Hubbard, the department received the call at 6:38 p.m. and declared the fire under control at 7:02.

"Station Two was on the scene in four minutes and Engine Three was on the scene in six minutes," he said. "The first arriving unit saw heavy black smoke coming from the building."

Firefighters entered the basement of the home at 38 Quails Hill Road and encountered heavy fire in the laundry area, said Hubbard.

"There was a great deal of fire in the cellar."

Four people and four cats were in the home at the time of the fire, said Hubbard. None of the residents nor the cats were injured.

The BFD received the call from the homeowner, he said.

"One of the children noticed the smoke coming from the basement."

The cause of the fire is under investigation, though the house's electrical system, including its circuit breaker box, were heavily damaged.

Because of the damage to the system, there is no power in the home at this time, so the occupants had to find temporary accommodations until repairs can be made.

"There is some smoke damage to the second and third floors, but once they get the electrical system back up they will be able to move back in," said Hubbard. "There was no major structural damage."

Tankers were used to put out the fire, said Hubbard.


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"We had enough water on Engines Three and Four to extinguish the flames."

In total, Brattleboro sent five units to the scene. The BFD was assisted by firefighters from Chesterfield and HInsdale, N.H.

In addition, the Keene, N.H., Fire Department sent its Rapid Intervention Team, which is tasked with rescuing firefighters, to the scene.

Hubbard said the RIT was returned after it became clear the fire was under control.

Sending a RIT is normal protocol, said Hubbard.

"We return the favor to Keene," he said.