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Northfield apartment complex catches fire

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A fire at an apartment complex in Northfield Falls left several people homeless Tuesday afternoon.

Six departments responded to the blaze at 586 Route 12. It took more than three hours to put out the fire and caused about $100,000 in damages.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but investigators believe it started in the back of the apartment complex and spread to the attic and roof. Luckily, everyone got out safely.

Onlookers said the flames spread rapidly.

"As we drove by, we looked and there was a back part of the home caught on fire, so we pulled over to see if anybody had gotten out of the house or not. As we pulled up, everybody showed up with fire trucks, ambulances and cop cars. They said they smelt burning plastic, and it just engulfed within seconds," said Jade Prior, a Northfield resident.

Rob LeClair drove over when a friend called telling him his apartment was on fire. When he arrived, he realized the fire was actually at the home next door.

"It's a five-unit apartment building with a couple special needs young men that live in there with their caregivers. There was a lot of smoke and a lot of fire coming out of it and with the metal roof, there was a lot coming around billowing up. They got here very quickly and they've done a nice job knocking it down," LeClair said.

LeClair's home sustained only minor damages.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it's not considered suspicious. Anyone with information about the blaze is asked to call the arson tip line or Vermont State Police.

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