Jamaica home destroyed in fire

Tuesday April 30, 2013

JAMAICA -- All that's left is a sugar house in the backyard, after a fire ravaged a single family home on Stone Hedges Road.

All five family members survived as well as their dog. One member was slightly burned because of being too close to the flames.

"It was close," said Jamaica Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Ken Johnson of saving the family from harm. "It was real close."

The fire started just after midnight on April 29. It was under control 1:19 a.m.

Jamaica Fire and Rescue reported that there were no major injuries and the cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Wardsboro Fire Department, Londonderry Fire Department, Londonderry Ambulance, South Londonderry Fire Department, Winhall Fire Department, and Rescue Inc. were also at the scene.

With the destruction of their home, family members received assistance from the Red Cross and were able to find a place to stay for the night.

"They may have to think about rebuilding," said Selectboard Chairwoman and Jamaica Fire and Rescue EMT Alexa Clark.

She also mentioned that Manchester Rescue was called and sent back.

The Red Cross has been busy addressing fire related emergencies in Vermont this week.

"While winter appears to be decidedly over, the busy fire season for Red Cross volunteers appears to continue unabated. In just the past eight days, our volunteers have been called upon to respond to eight house fires, two brush fires and one search and rescue," the press release said.

The same Red Cross press release said there have recently been some serious brush fires as well.

"Spring appears to have brought on an additional element to the response work of our volunteers," it said. "Appearing to forego traditionally wet spring weather, our region has, in fact, been seeing a spate of potentially dangerous brush fires. Yesterday, Red Cross volunteers from Addison and Rutland counties joined forces to support first responders combating a brush fire in Monkton. The food and hydration provided were important on what turned out to be the warmest day of the year."

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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