One person is dead and another in critical condition after a house fire that broke out in Burlington on Monday evening.
According to the city’s fire department, this conflagration at 412 Hood Street had already consumed most of the dwelling by the time firefighters arrived on the scene – “just over two minutes” after they had been dispatched at about 8:50 p.m.
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Although it took the firefighters merely 20 minutes to bring the fire under control, they were unable to save one of the home’s occupants, who was pronounced dead on the scene. Another victim reportedly emerged from the fire with “substantial burns” after plunging into the inferno in an attempt to rescue the first individual. According to the fire department, the surviving victim was in critical condition as of 12:04 a.m. on Tuesday.
The fire department notes that the intense heat of the fire completely destroyed the residence before it was extinguished. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.