Fire forces two South Hero families out of their homes

Vermont

Two families in South Hero have to find new places to live for the time being after a fire at their house.

It happened at 14 Iodine Springs Street, which is on a short dead-end street just off of Route 2. That home is a multi-family dwelling.

The initial call came in just after 8:00 Wednesday night, and South Hero’s assistant fire chief says every fire service in Grand Isle County responded.

In the South Hero F.D.’s case, Wednesday was actually a previously-scheduled training night for them. The assistant chief says it helped shorten their response time.

Two boys that were at the scene when the fire started also spoke with us about what they saw and heard.

“When we got here, there was smoke all the way across the road and people were coming out,” South Hero Fire Department Assistant Chief Patrick Robinson said. “Everybody made it out OK. There was fire on the back side, going up the door jamb and into the second floor, the second story, and there was fire coming out of the windows at the top.”

“And it went through the floorboards and up in the walls and it just expanded into the attic,” witness Stephan Hills said. “We were in the trailer back there; that is my friend’s aunt’s. We’re watching as the door literally (goes boom).”

“I’m stumbling over myself with a puppy in my arms — mind you, he’s only 10 weeks old,” witness Aden Krause said. “We’re running back to my aunt’s trailer, and I scream ‘fire’ five different times because the back door on their house is on fire.”

No one was hurt, and the Red Cross is helping the families find temporary shelter.

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