Elliot Street fire caused by cigarettes

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BRATTLEBORO — A fire on Elliot Street was determined to be accidental and caused by "careless disposal of smoking materials."

The Brattleboro Fire Department said the fire was caused by cigarettes thrown by a tenant earlier in the evening from the fire escape for occupants of apartments in 40 Elliot St.

Dispatchers received a call about the fire at about 10:26 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release. The department said after the first trucks arrived, firefighters reported smoke showing from the alley between the two buildings and a possible basement fire. Investigation showed a fire was in a wooden roof covering the stairwell that goes between the two buildings with some extension into the basement of 42 Elliot St.

The fire was upgraded to a second alarm at 10:36 p.m. All Brattleboro firefighters were called to the scene, and all the department's fire trucks and engines were brought to the scene.

The department said a hose was stretched down the stairwell and the fire in the roof was quickly extinguished. Entry was forced into the basement of 42 Elliot St. from the stairwell and a fire around a boarded-up window frame was extinguished. No further extension into the building was found.

Firefighters checked for residents and smoke in 40 Elliot St., which contains five apartments and an office and is situated over the 42 Elliot St. storefront and 50 Elliot St., known as the Emerson Block. The department said no issues were found.

The fire was declared under control at 11:04 p.m. There was moderate damage to the roof and no damage to either building. There were no injuries and 40 Elliot apartments were reoccupied after the fire.

Fire departments from Hinsdale, N.H, Putney and Guilford covered Central Station during the fire and Chesterfield, N.H., covered Station 2 in West Brattleboro. The Brattleboro Police Department, Brattleboro Water Department and Rescue Inc. assisted at the scene.

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