New documentary recounts deadly 1981 Star Hotel fire in Vermont

  • Source: WCAX-TV CBS 3 Burlington
  • Published: 10/08/2021 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Nearly 40 years ago, a fire at the Star Hotel in Bellows Falls claimed the lives of two young firefighters. Now, there's a new documentary out during Fire Prevention Week helping to raise money for a park dedicated to them. The evening of Dec. 29, 1981, firefighters were called to a blaze at the hotel. "They were doing rescue work operations. When they arrived on the scene there was a notification that people were inside and they were trapped. And they went in to rescue, to save a life," former Bellows Falls fire chief John Wood said. It was a perfect storm: a brand-new fire chief who hadn't gotten to the scene yet, freezing temperatures, an old building, lots of smoke and chaotic communication. Believing more people were inside, Bellows Falls Firefighters Terry Brown and Dana Fuller went into the flames to get them out.


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