BENNINGTON - Two people were rescued from the roof of 420 South Street, which caught fire early Monday morning.

According to Bennington Fire Chief Steve Crawford, the Bennington Fire Department used its ladder truck to rescue the two people who were then treated by the Bennington Rescue Squad and taken to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for evaluation. Their names have not been released.

The bulk of the fire was located at the rear of the building and quickly brought under control, but fire was also inside the walls and in the attic area which took longer to extinguish. A cause has not been determined and Crawford has requested aid from the State Police Fire Investigation Unit. No firefighters were injured.

Also responding to the fire was the Bennington Rural Fire Department and the Bennington Police.

Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette said at the scene that the fire department was contacted after a woman ran up to a Bennington police officer at a traffic stop shouting that a building was on fire.

The American Red Cross of Vermont and New Hampshire Tweeted that it was responding to the needs of those displaced by the fire.

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