Smoking said cause of fire on Marlboro Road

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BRATTLEBORO — A two-alarm fire Tuesday night was caused by a person falling asleep while smoking, Brattleboro firefighters said.

According to a news release from the Brattleboro Fire Department, firefighters responded at 9:51 p.m. to a multi-family home at 1203 Marlboro Rd. to find smoke coming from a second-floor window.

BFD's Engine 2, Engine 3 and Ladder 1 responded to the fire, which was quickly upgraded to a second alarm. A search of the building was conducted immediately and firefighters found the occupant of the apartment where the smoke was coming from lying in the hallway, firefighters said. The occupant was moved outside and later transported by Rescue, Inc. to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with smoke inhalation and burns. That person's condition was not known as of Wednesday morning.

The department's investigation team determined the cause was "accidental, due to falling asleep with smoking materials," according to the news release.

Other occupants of the apartment building had escaped prior to the arrival of firefighters. The two-story wood frame building housed nine tenants in seven units.

The fire was deemed under control at 10:31 p.m. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the apartment of origin, but because power had to be disconnected, the other tenants were unable to reoccupy the building right away.

In total, five BFD trucks were on scene with 16 BFD firefighters. The Brattleboro Fire Department was assisted by Rescue Inc., the Vermont State Police, the Brattleboro Police Department, the Brattleboro Utilities Division, Red Cross and Green Mountain Power.

Firefighters from Guilford, Putney, Westminster and West Dummerston and Vernon, Hinsdale, Chesterfield and Keene, N.H., and Greenfield and Bernardston, Mass., also assisted.

Tankers from the assisting agencies were requested because the building was outside of the hydrant district, firefighters said.

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