Monday June 10, 2013

SHAFTSBURY -- A family of five has been left homeless following a house fire on a residential street.

The Shaftsbury Fire Department was called shortly after 7 p.m. on Saturday by a homeowner on Cleveland Avenue who reported smoke coming from an attached apartment.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in the apartment’s bedroom and attic and contained the blaze to the apartment. Nobody was hurt.

The American Red Cross says the fire displaced a family with three children, ranging from 5 to 15.

The Red Cross says it’s arranged for the family to stay in a hotel for a few nights and is providing financial help to replace food and clothing lost in the fire.

"With these immediate needs addressed, the trained Red Cross caseworkers set a followup meeting for (Sunday) to determine what other forms of assistance or referrals can be offered to help in the recovery process," the Red Cross said in a press release.

Fire Investigators from the state police and Division of Fire Safety couldn’t determine the cause of the fire on Sunday, but said it isn’t considered suspicious.

The fire damage to the structure is estimated at $75,000, according to police.

The Bennington Village, Bennington Rural, and North Bennington Fire Departments also responded.

On Sunday afternoon, the house had yellow caution tape around it and people seemed to be sorting items in back parking area. Fire damage could not be seem from the street.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this story.