BAKERSFIELD: Blaze levels house

State Police trooper, family left homeless

Michelle Monroe

By Michelle Monroe

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BAKERSFIELD — A home in Bakersfield was destroyed by fire Wednesday night. The family was able to escape uninjured.

Bakersfield Assistant Chief Paul Stanley reported that firefighters were called to 1052 Main St. North at approximately 9:20 p.m. The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

A Vermont State Police Trooper, Joseph Paquette and his wife, Britain, owned the home. It was valued at approximately $200,000 and is considered a total loss, according to Stanley.

The fire appears to have started on the south side of the home, which was covered in windows. “The windows broke out within minutes,” said Stanley.

Two teenagers were inside when the fire started, and a neighbor helped them from the home, he reported.

Although the family escaped uninjured, some pets were lost. Stanley believed a dog and two cats perished in the fire.

The Cambridge, Enosburgh, and Fairfield fire departments provided mutual aid, and the last of the firefighters left the scene at around 4 a.m.

Despite the cold, “the crews did a very good job of keeping water flowing,” said Stanley.

Stanley also praised the Red Cross, which provided support for both the family and the firefighters.

Firefighters were able to save the garage and Paquette’s cruiser, which was parked at the house, along with a few personal items.

Based on the scene inside the home, firefighters believe a woodstove may have caused the fire. However, a full cause and origin investigation is being conducted by Vermont State Police.