On July 11 at 8:05 a.m., the New Haven Fire Department responded to 861 East St. in New Haven for a residential fire. The owner of the residence, Hal Schmiter, was working in a woodshop attached to his home.
When Schmiter went back into the main residence he found the home on fire. Schmiter attempted to extinguish the fire with a bucket of water but was forced out by the heat and flames. He suffered burns on his face. Schmiter then ran to a nearby neighbor's home and called 911.
New Haven Fire Department arrived on scene and requested assistance from Vergennes, Bristol and Middlebury. The fire departments were able to extinguish the fire and save the structure from being completely destroyed.
The Vermont State Police were contacted to assist with an origin and cause investigation. Fire investigators from the Vermont Division of Fire and the Vermont State Police responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation therefore the cause is undetermined but not believed to be suspicious.
Schmiter was transported to the hospital for the burns on his face. Shcmiter was released a few hours later.
Estimated damage was $150,000.