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April 19, 2018

Residential fire started in garage

LUDLOW— On April 11, at 8:45 p.m. the Ludlow Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 701 Route 100 in Ludlow, a residence owned by Brian O’hare. The occupants of the residence, friends of the owner, had called 911 after noticing the family dog acting strange and finding smoke and fire in the attached garage. Upon arrival, fire personnel found the fire in the attached garage to already be through the roof and working towards the interior of the house. Crews were able to quickly knock down the fire and keep it from extending completely into the house portion of the structure.

The building sustained moderate fire and water damage, while the garage was completely destroyed. Damage was estimated at approximately $200,000. The fire was reportedly under control at 11:43 p.m. and the two occupants were transported to be treated for smoke inhalation. They were released later that the next morning.

Ludlow Fire Chief Kolenda contacted the Vermont State Police/Division of Fire Safety Fire Investigative Unit and requested an origin and cause investigation of the fire. A detective from the state police and one investigator from the Division of Fire Safety, making up the Fire Investigative Unit, responded on April 12. Investigators have determined that the fire cause was but originated in the garage near an appliance and several power cords. The fire is not considered to be suspicious.

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