April 26, 2017

Weekend fire damages home

By Stephanie Choate
Observer staff
A Williston family is evaluating the damage to its home after it caught fire last weekend.
The Williston Fire Department was called to a home at 196 Forty Acre Lane on Aug. 2 at approximately 9:30 p.m. after a report of smoke.
Firefighters found the home filled with smoke, and all residents out of the home.
Fire crews entered the building and found an active fire in the basement and a portion of the first floor. The fire was quickly extinguished and the home was ventilated.
Fire damage was limited to the basement and a small portion of the first floor, but the entire home sustained smoke damage.
No one was injured, and officials did not have an estimate for damage.
“The fire appears to have been accidental, and electrical in nature,” according to a Williston Fire Department press release.
Essex, Hinesburg, Richmond, Underhill/Jericho and the Vermont Air National Guard fire departments provided mutual aid and water supply support. The South Burlington Fire Department provided station coverage for fire and EMS calls.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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