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Bennington

Fire chief rescues sleeper from blaze

Officials investigating cause of morning fire

  • Fire damage is evident on the side of a home on Acre Street in Bennington Wednesday morning. Resident Pete Cordatos, who was asleep when the fire broke out, was not injured.
  • Fire damage is evident on the side of a home on Acre Street in Bennington Wednesday morning. Resident Pete Cordatos, who was asleep when the fire broke out, was not injured.
  • Fire damage is evident on the side of a home on Acre Street in Bennington Wednesday morning. Resident Pete Cordatos, who was asleep when the fire broke out, was not injured.
  • Fire damage is evident on the side of a home on Acre Street in Bennington Wednesday morning. Resident Pete Cordatos, who was asleep when the fire broke out, was not injured.
  • Fire damage is evident on the side of a home on Acre Street in Bennington Wednesday morning. Resident Pete Cordatos, who was asleep when the fire broke out, was not injured.

BENNINGTON — Peter Cordatos was sleeping in a bedroom of his Acre Street home when firefighters arrived Wednesday morning after getting a 911 call.

“They came into the back room and got me out,” Cordatos said, as he sat in a chair, watching as crews mopped up, after extinguishing the blaze that appeared to have caused significant damage to his home. “There was so much fog, I thought the whole town was on fire. I threw some stuff outside. I really didn’t know what was going on.”

Cordatos, 75, was the only person living in the house. He was not injured in the fire.

Bennington Fire Chief Mike Roina, who said the call came in at about 6:45 a.m., was the first firefighter on the scene. With the outside of the front of the house on fire, Roina went inside to rescue Cordatos.

“He was sleeping in back on the first floor,” Roina said on Wednesday afternoon. “I woke him up and got him out.”

Roina said the fire, which appeared to have started outside and then got into the house, was brought under control in about 45 minutes.

“There was moderate fire damage, downstairs and upstairs both, and heavy collateral damage from water and smoke,” Roina said.

The two-alarm fire drew crews from Bennington and the nearby towns of Antrim, Hancock, Greenfield, Francestown, Deering, Hillsborough, Lyndeborough and New Boston.

The fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, along with the Bennington fire and police departments. Roina said the cause is undetermined.

“We’ve gathered evidence and we’ll be piecing the puzzle back together,” Roina said.

The fire caused considerable damage. Roina said the American Red Cross has provided a place for Cordatos to stay.

“I don’t know if house will be a total loss. It’s uninhabitable at this time,” Roina said.

Cordatos’s daughter, Julie Cordatos of Fitzwilliam, went to Bennington to help after getting a call about the fire. When firefighters let her go inside to get her father’s shoes and medications, she was able to take a look at the damage.

“It was pretty bad,” she said, as she guided her 75-year-old father, who was using a walker, toward the front of the house.

Cordatos said he had lived at the Acre Street address since 1963.

“I’ve been tossed around a lot. The first house burned. I ripped it down and we rebuilt it,” he said, rattling off the names of friends who helped him. “Now it’s happened again. I don’t believe it.”

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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