Fire Destroys Couple's Home

By Alex Rose

Published 09/03 2014 10:44PM

Updated 09/03 2014 10:49PM

St. Albans, Vt.- “We came here on our wedding day. Just him and I, we have four kids that have grown and flown,” said homeowner Anna Gagne.

Now what's left of the Gagne's home of 42 years is charred and ash.

“I didn't think of anything, but to get out. I didn't think about closing doors in the house, I left without shoes," Gagne said.

Gabriel Gagne tried to take on the fire himself. He says he tried to put it out with a gardening hose. He burned his arm and cut his foot.

That's when helped arrived.

“We had heavy fire in the front part of the structure, the power lines had been burnt off," said Chief of Saint Albans’ Fire Department Harold Cross.

Police are saying this fire was an accident.

Saint Albans town, city and Swanton Fire Department's couldn't tackle the fire from the front, so they had to get creative.

“We had to cut through a row of hedges with chainsaws to get to the other side so as not to get anybody electrocuted."

It took them about three hours to completely douse the fire. A big factor: the wind from Lake Champlain.

“It actually helped feed the fire, but it actually helped keep the fire out of the downstairs," Cross said.

Red Cross was there to provide food and clothing for the Gagne's but in terms of a place to stay, More than three neighbors offered them a room for the night.

“I feel blessed because it didn't happen at night,” Gagne said. “My husband would have been killed if this happened at night. Also all of my neighbors have gathered around and been so kind to us."

There was a third tenant in the house renting from the Gagne's. He was not there at the time of the fire.

The exact cause of this fire is unknown, but police are saying it was most likely was an accident.

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