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 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.