Fire destroys vacation home

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PUTNEY — David Radomski was disappointed when he got a call from Putney Fire Chief Thomas Goddard, during which he learned a vacation home he's owned for 30 years caught fire Monday night.

The Putney Fire Department responded to a call at 9:36 p.m. at 72 Mountain View Drive. Though the fire never went over a first alarm, Goddard wrote in a press release that, "The structure sustained a considerable degree of fire damage, and is no longer inhabitable." The structure is an "A-Frame" style single family dwelling, which was constructed upon columns.

Radomski, who lives full time in West Hartford, Conn., takes his family to Putney frequently. When his children were young, the family would stay at the house and his children went to Santa's Land. Radomski said Putney was the optimal place to get away. It has skiing, Santa's Land and incredible opportunities for leaf peeping.

"The property probably has more sentimental value than it does monetary value," he said.

He's unsure, yet, what should be done with the structure, but would like to keep the property.

Upon arrival, Goddard found heavy smoke pushing the interior of the first floor. Goddard said the fire was extinguished at just before 11 p.m., though firefighters remained on the scene until about 1 a.m.

Firefighters were challenged by Monday's cold temperatures. Goddard wrote in the release that keeping up with the water supply was especially difficult, "but did not cause any dramatic or situational altering issues."

The fire is believed to be accidental but is still under investigation.

Harmony Birch can be reached at hbirch@reformer.com, at @Birchharmony on Twitter and 802-254-2311, Ext. 153.


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