Fire damaged a gun shop in Rutland Tuesday morning.
The fire department responded to a garage fire on Elm Street at 8 a.m., where they discovered the fire was in a shed used by a licensed gun dealer. The building was filled with firearms and live ammunition.
"Initially we didn't have any signs of ammunition going off, we didn't hear anything. When the fire progressed, we did hear some sounds going off. So, at that point I wanted to make sure my people were safe and we went to a defensive operation," Rutland City Deputy Fire Chief Brad Lafaso said.
The small gun shop is owned by Gerald King, 87, who has been doing business in the building for over 40 years. King lives in a house adjacent to the shop. The fire was under control within an hour, but the building sustained structural damages and must be demolished. The cause of fire is under investigation.
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