Fire in Arlington destroys garage

ARLINGTON -- A residential garage was struck by lightening during heavy storms on Monday night, at 5:06 p.m., on Red Mountain Road.The garage is no longer standing, but the fire did not spread to any adjacent buildings, according to Fire Chief of the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department Jamie Paustian.

The department was originally responding to a report of heavy smoke around the road, and during their search they discovered that the smoke was coming from a fully involved fire of a garage.

"We called for mutual aid from Manchester," Paustian said, "and they sent two trucks... Shaftsbury came to cover our station."

Approximately 35 volunteer firefighters from Arlington arrived at the fire and were joined by approximately 10 from Manchester.

"We initially began cooling down the carriage barn [next to the fire], and then we began putting out the fire," Paustian said.

The fire was under control within 30 minutes of beginning work, and was extinguished after another hour-and-a-half; they were leaving the scene by approximately 7:40 p.m. All units were back in service at 9:10 p.m.

Damage from the fire includes the entire garage as well as a restored Cadillac and a Ford Model T, according to a release from Paustian. The fire was limited to the garage, but adjacent buildings did suffer some heat damage, including some melted light fixtures and broken windows.


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