Brattleboro Fire Department
103 Elliot Street * Brattleboro, VT 05301 * 802-254-4831 *
Leonard Howard III Charles Keir III
Fire Chief Assistant Chief
Focused, Integrity, Respect, and Excellence
On July 10, 2023, the Brattleboro Fire Department was dispatched on a first alarm assignment at 14:40 to 198 Canal Street for a report of a building fire. The first arriving units (Engine Two, Ladder 1, Car 2, and Ambulance 1) arrived on the scene at 14:43. Car Two reported a 2-story wood frame building with smoke showing from the “bravo” side. Crews from Engine Two and Ladder One entered the building with two (2) hand lines to extinguish the fire. A second alarm assignment was initiated for additional units and manpower to the scene to assist at 14:45.
Fire attack crews were able to locate and extinguish a fire on the first floor, second floor, and attic space. As additional crews arrived, a search of the building for occupants was completed. The one occupant (and dog) were located outside the building with no injuries.
Due to the flooding both in Brattleboro and our neighboring communities, a third alarm was initiated at 14:54 to ensure adequate resources on the scene to mitigate the emergencies effectively. The fire was knocked down at 15:39 and reported under control at 15:57. There is significant smoke and fire damage to the entire building. Covering Brattleboro were Chesterfield, Turners Falls, Northfield, Westminster, Walpole, Wilmington, and Cheshire County EMS.
Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion on the scene and released. No other injuries to report. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Currently, the Brattleboro Fire Department and Brattleboro Police Department remain on the scene to perform the investigation.