Despite yesterday being a holiday that brought beautiful weather, one resident in Bellows Falls is still reeling from a fire that damaged their home in the early hours of the morning. At around 6:00 AM, firefighters responded to a call from a neighbor of a Green Street property, who reported seeing the entire roof of 38 Green St. covered in smoke.
Upon crews’ arrival, it was deemed a three alarm fire due to the multiple family home sitting just 5 to 6 feet away from the building. According to a neighbor, the families in the area were planning on hiring Fire Watch Patrol as that specific part of town had been seeing too many fires in the recent months.
Despite understaffing within the Bellows Falls fire department, the fire was extinguished within an hour of the firefighters’ arrival, and damage was mainly contained to one room of the second floor. The home’s resident was not inside at the time of the fire, having gone away to stay with family due to medical reasons.
According to Bellows Falls Fire Department Captain Tom Fredriksen, this fire had no relation to a string of arsons that have occurred over the past couple of months and is not being considered suspicious at this time.
Crews from surrounding towns responded through mutual aid, including Brattleboro, Grafton, Putney, Springfield, Saxtons River, and others. Firefighters from across the river in New Hampshire were also called to assist.