September 7, 2011
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont firefighter says the cause of the blaze that destroyed a historic Burlington building might never be known because of the level of destruction.
Burlington Fire Battalion Chief Terry Francis says the remains of the Bailey-Hyde building on Pearl Street will need to be demolished.
Francis tells the Burlington Free Press the fire caused an estimated $3.5 million in damage. The structure was valued at $1 million. The value of the equipment in the dental offices it held is estimated at another $2.5 million.
The building, constructed around 1820, was one of the oldest in Burlington.
About 60 city firefighters and all the department's trucks responded at about 8:30 p.m. Monday to the three-alarm fire.
The only injury reported was to a firefighter who sprained an ankle.
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