News out of Vermont as a fire at a Hartford apartment building Tuesday landed one man in the hospital and left five families scrambling for shelter. Crews from the Hartford Fire Department responded to the structure on 1661 Maple Street shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon to find heavy smoke exiting the second floor.
Firefighters initially entered the building with hopes of extinguishing the blaze from within, but were soon evacuated due to the heat, and forced to use ladder trucks to combat the fire from the outside.
Crews from nearby Hanover, Lebanon, Norwich, Hartland, Woodstock and Windsor assisted Hartford on the scene, and the fire was deemed under control before 6 o’clock.
Authorities say the fire began in the kitchen of a second-floor apartment, and injured the tenant who had tried to control the fire.
He was transported to nearby Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment, though no additional information into his condition or identity were made available.