UPDATE: Sherrie's fire termed accidental by State Police
According to the state police, shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, the Manchester Fire Department responded to a reported fire on Main Street in Manchester at Sherrie's Cafe. The fire was reported by an off duty fireman who spotted the flames at the roof of the establishment and called in the fire. When the fire department arrived they located fire at the back of the business and began trying to vent it through the roof.
The Fire Department was able to extinguish the fire and kept the fire from spreading throughout the entire building. No one was injured as a result of the fire. The business suffered extensive merchandise/contents loss and the building was substantially damaged. Damages are estimated to be around $175,000.
The Manchester Fire Department contacted the Vermont State Police and requested an origin and cause fire investigation be conducted. Detectives from the State Police Fire Investigation Unit responded to the scene on May 7.
It was determined the fire was accidental and is not considered to be suspicious in nature.
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