Passerby helps evacuate burning South Burlington condo building

Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 8:13 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2022 at 6:09 PM EDT
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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Fire ripped through a South Burlington condo building on Monday causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

It happened on Airport Road Monday afternoon.

While no people were injured, two cats couldn’t be found.

South Burlington firefighters say there is more than $250,000 in damage to the building.

We spoke to a man who helped evacuate people from the apartments. Zalmy Cohen said he saw the flames from the road and didn’t see any emergency crews, so he decided to check and see if he could help.

He said that although the situation was scary, he believes he was at the right place at the right time.

“I left my car in the middle of the road, put it in park, put on the hazard lights and I started running... I went into like a little bit of a survival mode. I’m not a firefighter by any stretch of the imagination, but I just felt that I have a few minutes to make a move. And it’s not every day that you have the opportunity to knock on someone’s door and tell them that there’s a fire. Nothing is by accident and everything is for purpose,” Cohen said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the fire marshal’s office.