Burlington apartment building demolished following 2 fires

Published: May. 16, 2022 at 12:34 PM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2022 at 7:16 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A Burlington apartment building twice destroyed by fire was demolished on Monday.

The building on King Street caught fire in January 2021, killing two of the residents.

A second fire in February 2022 caused enough damage to require demolishing the building.

However, during routine testing, they found evidence of asbestos in the building, so a special company had to come in from Massachusetts to handle taking the building down.

During the demo, sensors were placed around the site to monitor air quality and make sure no contaminants were harmful to the public.

“The demolition will be done today and the removal will happen tomorrow or the next day depending on how many trips it takes and how many hours it takes for the folks to load up the trucks. After that, it will be reseeded and there will be a redevelopment plan submitted by the owner or a future owner,” said Bill Ward of Burlington Permitting and Inspections.

The city says the contaminated materials will be taken to a site in Coventry.

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