Investigation into the Heirloom Antiques and Furniture Hospital fire will continue for "several more weeks"

Investigators would like to hear any anonymous tips via text

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION -  Hartford Fire Chief Scott Cooney announced Monday afternoon that investigators from his department, the Vermont State Police Fire Marshal's Office and the Vermont Division of Fire Safety have determined that the two-alarm fire which gutted the Heirloom Antiques building on North Main Street a week ago began in the lower level of the building.

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    "The cause of the fire is still under investigation and remains undetermined until more information from eye witnesses can be gathered and analyzed," the chief said Monday, adding "The investigation is presently on-going and those efforts are expected to continue for several more weeks.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the anonymous Vermont State Police Tip Line by texting keyword VTIPS to 274637."

    The fire was first reported just before 5 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, June 19 when the Hartford Fire Department was called for a report of smoke coming from the building located at 672 North Main Street.

    "Upon arrival of the first engine, the alarm was upgraded to a first alarm bringing in fire apparatus and personnel from Lebanon, Hanover, Hartland and Norwich.  After discovering that the building was complex in layout and full of furniture a second alarm was called.  The second alarm brought in additional fire apparatus and personnel from Woodstock, Lebanon, Thetford, Plainfield and Windsor."

    "Although the fire was declared under control about four hours after the initial call, crews worked for almost 12 hours to extinguish the fire and subsequent spot fires.  Other crews were kept on scene throughout the night to ensure that the fire was out.  In total, approximately 20 pieces of apparatus and 50 personnel were working throughout the incident," the chief noted.

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