Vermont Crews Tackle House Fire

On Friday afternoon, Vermont fire departments were very busy.

At 4:03 p.m., Newark Fire Department and East Haven Fire Department were dispatched on a first alarm assignment for a house fire at 3910 Newark Pond Rd.

Emergency Dispatch Center in St. Johnsbury was notified by Newark command to upgrade the call to a second-alarm assignment which brought West Burke Fire Department, Sutton Fire Department.

Being that this is a very rural area, a water supply was established on Road in Sutton.

The home owned by Tiffany Harpin and Jesse Holden is a total loss.No injuries were reported.

Harpin said: "I talked to my daughter on the phone who said, 'Mommy, all my toys are gone.'"

The girl is three-and-a-half.

Fire command did have to struggle with keeping a water shuttle moving for several reasons -- the distance from the water supply to the home and the narrow road. Also,the engine at the water supply point had difficulty keeping the water coming into the engine so tankers could be filled.

It is unknown if it was a problem with the engine or the dry hydrant.

You could hear ammunition exploding inside the home.

Late into the call, Westmore Fire Department was dispatched for an additional tanker.

Not only did firefighters use the water to extinguish the house fire, they also had to use it to protect a nearby barn.

American Red Cross was notified and was responding to assist the occupants of the home.

Newark fire command as of 6:30 p.m. advised dispatch they had the fire under control, and were mopping up.

At 4:16, Lyndonville Fire Department was sent to Brown Farm Road for a garage fire. This call was also upgraded to a second alarm which brought St. Johnsbury Fire and Sheffield - Wheelock Fire.

Glover Fire Department staffed the Sheffield - Wheelock Station.