NEWPORT CITY – Quick action by city firefighters saved a home from fire Friday evening. Firefighters responded to 46 Oak Street at 4:12 p.m. Travis Glodgett owns the three family building.
Upon arrival, flames and smoke were showing on the backside of the home. Fire Chief Jamie LeClair said all three units were rented but only one tenant was home when the fire broke out.
Firefighters knocked the fire down within minutes of their arrival.
“Everybody did an excellent job,” said Leclair. “We had Derby Line come in for mutual-aid just because of the size of the building and the amount of fire we had initially.”
Neither LeClair nor Detective Matthew Nally of the Vermont State Police could pinpoint the cause of the fire, but both said it is not suspicious.
Firefighters took time to clean up some of the water to minimize damage inside the home.
Nally estimated the damage to be around $30,000. The home sustained smoke, water and fire damage.
As of Saturday evening, seven residents were displaced. The American Red Cross responded to help the families. LeClair said the homeowner had fire insurance on the pre-1900s home.
The Newport City Police also assisted at the scene.