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February 11. 2013 4:53PM

Morning fire displaces 24 in West Lebanon apartment building

WEST LEBANON - Twenty-four residents of an apartment building were displaced by a fire Monday morning.

No one was injured.

Firefighters were called to the two-story building at 81 Seminary Hill Road about 9 a.m. for a report of smoke coming from the 12-unit building.

Lebanon police found light smoke throughout the first and second floors and the basement. Police evacuated all residents while firefighters discovered a small fire under the front stairwell in a basement apartment.

"The fire was quickly extinguished, but due to the location and wood charring above the area of fire, the area required extensive overhaul to ensure there was no fire extension," a fire department official said.

There was minor smoke and water damage.

"Due to the extensive damage to the front stairwell, all 24 tenants have been displaced until repairs can be made," the fire department official said.

The Vermont/New Hampshire Chapter of the Red Cross assisted with residents' temporary lodging and other needs.

The road was closed for about an hour. Firefighters cleared the scene at 10:24 a.m.

Hanover and Hartford, Vermont fire departments assisted. Enfield provided station coverage.

The fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious.

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