On April 17, 2014 at approximately 11:24AM the Manchester Fire Department was alerted to a possible structure fire on Depot Street. Original reports suggested that a dining establishment may be on fire. Upon arrival Chief Bourn identified an old tank as the source of the fire. Work crews had been dismantling the tank with cutting torches and had inadvertently ignited oil that remained in the bottom of the tank. Although there was little visible fire, a crew with Engine 5 stretched a hose line to cool smoldering buildup from the walls of the tank, and to cover the remaining oil product in a protective layer of foam. Engine 2 also responded to the scene with support personnel. The State Of Vermont Hazmat Team was notified of the incident, and the MFD cleared the scene within the hour.
On November 25, Engine 5 and Brush 1 responded to a report of a burn that had grown and become uncontrolled. On arrival, the chiefs discovered that the fire was contained to a compost/leaf pile and was actually caused by improperly disposed of ashes.
Please be extra cautious when cleaning out your stove or fireplace and follow these tips.
- All ashes should then be stored in a fire-resistant metal container with a tight fitting cover. This helps keep air from blowing through and disturbing ashes which can leave hot coals exposed for reigniting. Ashes should NEVER be disposed of in plastic, cardboard, or paper containers. Never use a vacuum cleaner to pick up ashes.
- The metal container should be placed outdoors, away from anything that can burn. It should NOT be placed next to a firewood pile, up against or in a garage, on or under a wood deck, or porch.
- Make sure there are no hot spots left in the ashes before disposal. This is done by soaking them in water or letting them sit for several days and double checking for hot spots.
On the afternoon of August 12, 2013 the Manchester Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial address on Bonnet Street for a report of a person stuck in an elevator. On arrival personnel on Engine 5 found that there was a man trapped near the first floor, and the doors would not open.
Crews attempted to gain access through the first floor doors, but after several attempts at bypassing safety mechanisms they were unable to get the interior door to slide open. The decision was made to make access from the floor above. Members were able to open the second floor exterior doors, and quickly gained entry into the elevator car from its roof hatch. After lowering in a ladder and firefighter, the crew assisted the trapped person to the roof of the elevator car, and then to the second floor.
Engine 5 was able to quickly clear the scene after ensuring that the elevator was disabled pending service from repair crews.
On March 6, 2013 the Manchester Fire Department responded to a report of a chimney fire at the Ye Olde Tavern in Manchester. A quick response utilizing Tower 1 enabled MFD members to snuff the fire before extensive damage occurred.
Thank you to the Manchester Fire Department for there help in putting out a small chimney fire. The fire was contained within the chimney. … no major damage to report, just need to replace the top part of the chimney. The restaurant is still open for business.
Built in 1790, the Ye Olde Tavern (listed on the Vermont Register of Historic Places) is a historic asset to our community, and still serves a a popular dining location.
Ye Olde Tavern wears its more than two hundred years with grace and style. Built in 1790 by Dorset master builder Aaron Sheldon, it is distinguished by the spring floor in its third floor ballroom and by the high square columns of its porch. Called the Stagecoach Inn, it was built while Vermont was still an independent republic, its statehood opposed by the hated “Yorkers” until 1791.