Fire displaces Burlington tenants

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) A structure fire caused tense moments Sunday morning in Burlington.

Chelsea Giroux lives on the second floor of the Pearl Street apartment. She knew something was wrong when she saw people start to evacuate from the building.

"I looked out the window the woman was waving me out, she's saying get out, get out. Being in my apartment I could smell something strong," Giroux said.

Burlington Fire and Police were on the scene quickly, blocking Pearl Street from Pearl Street Beverage to the start of North Willard Street.

"Just shortly before 11 we transmitted to a structure fire, upon arrival units had smoke and fire showing, from an apartment on the second floor," Burlington Fire Chief Steven Locke said.

One resident told WCAX News she was first tipped off by what she thought was the smell of burning plastic in her apartment.

Crews headed up the stairs of the complex, as well as used ladders to gain access to the roof.

"It's just too early in the investigation to make a determination on the cause," Locke said.

One person was transported to the UVM Medical Center with unknown injuries, but everyone else in the units and two dogs were able to get out safely. While there wasn't visible damage to the building, residents were temporarily displaced.

"I don't think any of us know what to do right now," Giroux said.

The cause of the fire was determined to involve an electric ceiling fan/light unit in the bathroom of the second floor rear apartment. This fire cause is classified as accidental.