Crews investigating suspicious fire in St. Albans

Published: Oct. 18, 2022 at 10:39 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2022 at 11:08 AM EDT
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ST. ALBANS, Vt. (WCAX) - Officials are investigating a suspicious fire in St. Albans at a vacant building owned by the railroad company.

WCAX News spoke with a few neighbors of the Aldis Street building who say the fire started very suddenly.

Officials say it appears suspicious given the building is not connected to any utilities and no one is known to be living in it.

Those living in the area say they see people frequently entering the property, although St Albans Fire Chief Matt Mulheron says it’s too early in the investigation to speculate on anything.

Crews from St. Albans City and Town, as well as Georgia, responded to the scene. Mulheron says they were able to knock down the fire quickly.

When asked if anyone was still in the building, Mulheron said: “We’re not sure. We’re still investigating that part. We have been for a couple months just checking and seeing what’s going on in there, obviously, there was some activity.”

Mulheron says there weren’t any major challenges putting the flames out except shrubbery growing up around the building.

He says crews are expected to be there for most of the Tuesday evening investigating and putting out a few remaining hot spots.