Several agencies respond to overnight fatal fire in Mendon

Fatal fire in Mendon, Vt.
Fatal fire in Mendon, Vt.(WCAX)
Published: Mar. 19, 2023 at 1:01 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 19, 2023 at 8:53 PM EDT
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MENDON, Vt. (WCAX) - Fire officials say one person is dead following a fire on Old Stockbridge Path in Mendon on Saturday night.

Officials say they were called to the single-family home just after 11:30 p.m. after receiving several 911 calls. When fire crews arrived, the house was almost completely engulfed in flames.

Rutland City Fire Dept. Chief, Bill Lovett says there were reports of three people inside the home at the time of the fire. Two people were able to get out on their own.

Fire crews say a woman and a dog had to be rescued from the home. They say the woman was rushed to a nearby hospital.

It’s unclear when the victim was pronounced dead. Fire officials have not released the name of the victim.

The home is said to be a total loss.

Officials with the Vermont State Police Arson Investigation Team were called in, along with the State Fire Marshal’s Office for investigation.

They say a preliminary investigation shows the fire started in the area of a wood boiler, but it is not clear if that was the cause of the fire.

Fire crews with Rutland Town, West Rutland, Chittenden, Clarendon and Killington provided mutual aid.