One Dead in Fairfax Fire

By Lauren Maloney

Published 04/11 2014 09:12PM

Updated 04/11 2014 09:29PM

FAIRFAX, Vt. - Vermont State Police tell us one person died in a house fire in Fairfax Friday afternoon. It started just after 4:00 P.M. on Main Street.

The Fairfax Fire Chief said one person was outside the home when crews arrived.

The body was found inside, but the person's identity has not been released.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, but we're told it does not appear suspicious. Investigators say the fire was accidental.

Mutual aid from Georgia, and St. Albans responded, and the chief says they knew it was a dangerous situation.

"The heat pushed our first line back and we were unable to make entry. Within 20 minutes of the initial attack we unfortunately had a structural compromise so we were unable to get crews into the building," Fairfax Chief Justin Hayes said.

The red cross did provide help; a disaster mental health volunteer was also on scene.

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