JAMAICA-- A fire at 367 Old Route 8, originally considered suspicious, is now deemed as arson.

The garage and apartment went up in flames just after midnight on Thursday morning.

"It burnt completely to the ground and was fully involved before we got to the scene," said Jamaica Volunteer Fire and Rescue Inc. First Assistant Chief Robert Stomski. "When we first arrived, there was hardly a skeleton of a building left."

A woman living in an apartment over the garage where it occurred escaped with no injuries. It seemed, Stomski said, she had escaped just in time. EMT volunteers checked her for injuries and found none.

The structure was determined a total loss. The cause of fire was investigated later Thursday morning.

Wardsboro Fire Department, Winhall Fire Department and Townshend Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene. Winhall also brought over a truck to cover Jamaica's station.

There were 20 to 25 firefighters at the scene and no difficulties were encountered throughout the process of putting it out.

"The guys did a great job," said Stomski.

There was plenty of water, he told the Reformer. Firefighters used a pond in the yard as well as water from a Wardsboro brook.

"The guys did a great job," he added. "It was an exterior fighting situation and it was just landscaping equipment mostly that got charred up."

On behalf of the Jamaica department, Stomski thanked the others that assisted at the scene.


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