A few weeks ago, our backyard shed caught fire and was quickly engulfed in flames. It was just a shed, but the flames were 30-plus-feet in the air, and the speed of the raging fire and the intense heat was terrifying. When we became aware of the fire, the shed was already fully consumed, and it spread rapidly. By the time the fire department arrived, the connecting fence and some branches of the huge adjacent maple tree were on fire. 

We have never been so relieved as we were when the firefighters arrived. As we watched them work and do their job, we were so grateful and impressed. It took 600 gallons of water to extinguish the fire but seemed as though it only took about five minutes. 

Our good police force kept traffic and bystanders at bay, and the rescue personnel was very attentive. 

Fortunately, no one was hurt and all we lost were belongings, which can be replaced. 

Our deep thanks to the South Burlington Fire and Rescue and the South Burlington Police Department for their compassionate and skilled response.

Nancy Osborne

South Burlington

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