BELLOWS FALLS -- Firefighters from six departments managed to save an Oak Street home from destruction in a two-alarm blaze Tuesday morning.
Bellows Falls Fire Chief Bill Weston told the Reformer his department was toned to 38 Oak St. at 8:35 a.m. and got the fire under control by 9:39 a.m. He said departments from Rockingham, Westminster and Springfield and Walpole and North Walpole, N.H., also responded to the scene. There were no reported injuries.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Vermont State Police.
The fire chief said the house is owned by Floyd Amidon, who was displaced along with two other members of his family. Weston said the fire started in the cellar and caused heavy damage before extending up the partitions to the first and second floors, where it caused water and smoke damage. According to a statement released by the Bellows Falls Fire Department, there was an estimated $65,000 worth of damage to the home.
The interior of the house looked gutted and several windows were broken. Some personnel left the scene at around 10:40 a.m., though Weston said at 12:30 p.m. there were still several firefighters there.
Fire trucks from Putney and Saxtons River were called to cover their neighboring departments. Weston told the Reformer they had to respond to an alarm at a hardware store in The Square, but it turned out the alarm was set off by dust created by employees cutting into concrete to remove a safe from the building.
Kelly Wisecarver, the program coordinator in the Brattleboro office of the Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross, said her organization was not called to aid the victims of the fire. She said such efforts will probably be handled at the local level.
Nicole Cox, the operations coordinator at Our Place Drop-In Center in Bellows Falls, said something will be done to help Amidon and his family, but the specifics would have to be worked out by Executive Director Lisa Pitcher, who was expected to return from vacation today. Cox said Amidon and his son used to volunteer at Our Place.
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