Authorities: Tenants leapt from second floor to escape apartment fire

  • A woman was injured escaping a fire early Sunday morning on Quimby Mtn. Road in Sharon that severely damaged a three-unit apartment building.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

SHARON — A woman was injured early Sunday morning in a fire when she was forced to jump from a second floor apartment to escape heavy flames, according to authorities.

April Melendy suffered a lower body injury “in the process of exiting her apartment” at 1171 Quimby Mtn. Road, Vermont State Police said in a written statement. All other occupants of the three unit apartment building escaped unharmed.

When Sharon Fire Department crews arrived at the scene about 4:30 a.m. for a report of a structure fire, they found the enclosed porch on the second floor apartment “fully engulfed with flame and spreading to the interior of the building,” according to the statement.

All three units were occupied and the tenants on the first floor evacuated safely while those on the second floor were jumped from a second-story window, state police said in the release.

Smoke detectors were located in all of the apartments within the building, which was heavily damaged, police said.

The Vermont Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit responded and an initial investigation revealed that the fire originated on the second floor porch. The cause remains under investigation, but does not appear suspicious, police said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Michael LaCourse at the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks at 802-334-8881.

— Staff report