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Firefighters quell bathroom fire in Williston home

Observer courtesy photo Engine 2 responded to a fire at 914 Essex Road on May 24.
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Engine 2 responded to a fire at 914 Essex Road on May 24.

Williston firefighters put out a fire last week after receiving a call reporting an Essex Road residence had smoke and flames pouring out of it.

The call came in at 1:43 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, when the Williston Fire Department was dispatched to the fire at 914 Essex Road, a two-story home, located about a block south of River Cove Animal Hospital.

Fire Chief Ken Morton arrived within three minutes of the call, and noted there was visible fire on the back side of the house, and called for additional help from nearby fire departments, given the heat and time of day. (According to Weather Underground, the heat peaked at 80 degrees around 1 p.m. last Tuesday.)

The fire was found in the second-floor bathroom, and Engine 2 ran a hose there, and quickly extinguished it using fewer than 200 gallons of water, the department said in a release. An investigation found the fire to be accidental, caused by a lit candle in the bathroom that caught on some nearby curtains after they were blown into the path of the flame by a breeze.

Prescott Nadeau, Williston Fire’s spokesperson, said that had the fire in the bathroom continued even minutes longer, it might have caught in the attic and spread through the upper portion of the house quickly.

The Department overall responded with two engines, a tower ladder, and 12 personnel. Mutual aid was provided by Essex Junction and on-site traffic control while a portion of Essex Road was shut down was handled by Williston Police.

Two occupants were in a downstairs business at the time of the fire, but there were no injuries reported.

—Jess Wisloski, Observer staff