Accidental fire in BF causes $250,000 in damages

BELLOWS FALLS — Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze that started at 11:40 a.m., Jan. 2 at a commercial building at 10 Island St.

According to Det. Sgt. Mark Potter of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Fire Investigation Unit, the fire started by accident in Blodgett Auto.

According to Potter, owner Robert Blodgett was working on a vehicle when gas dripped from the car's tank and ignited on a drop light.

The fire, which displaced four tenants and cost an estimated $250,000 in damages, was under control by 3 p.m.

The building is located behind the NAPA Auto Parts store.

Fire departments from Westminster, Saxtons River, Rockingham, and Springfield, Vt., plus Walpole, North Walpole, and Charlestown, N.H., assisted Bellows Falls.

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