Three Apartments Deemed Unsafe for Occupancy
At 10:03 p.m. on July 4th, the Lebanon Fire Department was dispatched to the 4 Butternut Lane, Butternut Apartments for an automatic fire alarm. Prior to responding, Lebanon Communications received additional information via 911 reporting smoke coming from an apartment on the 2nd floor.
Upon arrival of Lebanon Truck 2 from the West Lebanon Station at 10:08 p.m., Lt. Zachary Bryan reported heavy smoke visible from a 2nd floor apartment with numerous occupants evacuated. Truck 2 personnel advanced a hose line and quickly contained the fire to a bathroom in Apartment I and performed a primary search for occupants. Additional personnel arrived on scene from Lebanon, Hanover and Hartford, VT, and assisted with a search of several apartments. During the search, several cats were located and two were given oxygen by fire personnel and transported to SAVES Animal Hospital by a bystander. There was some minor fire extension into the apartment directly above the fire and several others suffered smoke and water damage.
The fire was declared under control at 10:30 p.m. and there were no injuries. Three apartments were deemed unsafe for occupancy and displaced five adults and four children. The VT/NH Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted the displaced with temporary housing.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and not considered suspicious, said Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos. Lebanon units cleared the scene and turned the property over to property management at 12:51 a.m.