The Milton Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 26 Village Dr. this morning that overtook the home’s garage.
Crews received word of the fire around 9:50 a.m., fire Chief Chris Poirier said. Down the road, a few firefighters were giving a demonstration to preschoolers at Little Feats Too Day Care. Within four minutes, they were at the scene and attacking the garage’s exterior flames, he said.
“Fire was shooting out the garage doors and up through the front gable and through the house,” Poirier said. A car in the driveway also caught on fire.
A second engine arrived on site, and crews stopped the fire before it engulfed the main house, the chief added. The garage, the apartment above it and the home’s entryway are a complete loss, but the main house is in “semi-good shape,” Poirier said.
The house suffered some smoke damage, he added.
Vermont State Police fire investigators arrived on scene around 12:30 p.m., eventually ruling the fire accidental.
The homeowner’s daughter, the daughter’s boyfriend and two friends were home when the fire started, Poirier said.
In the garage, “[The daughter’s boyfriend] had been working on his motorcycle earlier and went inside, came back a few minutes later and found fire around the motorcycle,” Poirier said.
The man reportedly rushed inside and alerted occupants to immediately evacuate. No one sustained injuries, Poirier said, and the family’s dog also escaped safely.
Investigation later revealed a leak on the motorcycle’s fuel tank or improperly stored fuel around the vehicle led to the fire. Vapor from said fuel interacted with two space heaters in the garage, soon igniting the vapors and causing the fire, Poirier reported Friday night.
He estimated a $150,000 loss.
Milton Rescue, Milton Police and Georgia, Colchester Center and St. Michael’s College fire departments assisted at the scene.
MFD was still cleaning up around 1 p.m. today as fire investigators worked to determine the cause and origin.
This story was last updated at 9:15 p.m. Friday night.