Fire damages St. Albans residential care center

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State and federal investigators are searching for the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a residential care facility in St. Albans. The early morning fire destroyed much of the $3.6 million Hawk’s Nest care facility on Vermont Route 104 that was under construction. The facility was due to open next month.

St. Albans Town Fire Chief Harold Cross says the flames spread quickly because fire doors had not yet been installed and the sprinkler system hadn’t been turned on.

During the fire, 40 residents of a nearby rehabilitation center were relocated. They were allowed to return to their rooms at about 6 am. There were no injuries.

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