MONTPELIER — Drug-related items were found at a fire that destroyed one building and damaged two others in Montpelier Friday.

However, Montpelier Police Chief Dan McGee said there was “no link” between the fire and the drug items.

“We did find some items during the fire, still investigating that, so I’m not going to comment on that any further,” McGee said when asked if they found drugs. “There was a lot going on at that scene. But, I can unequivocally tell you that the source of the fire wasn’t drug-related to my knowledge.”

Montpelier Fire Chief Dail Fritsch said the cause wasn’t known, yet, but an inspector would be onsite today.

Crews were called to the fire, at 312 W. Lawrence St., at 10:55 a.m. Friday. The home there was virtually a total loss and the fire resulted in the collapse of a garage. The fire spread and damaged neighboring residences 502 and 506 S. Jonesville St.

During the Montpelier Village Council meeting on Monday evening, McGee said he was impressed with how everyone responded and worked together to fight the fire. That included the different fire departments, different law enforcement agencies, even other village departments and private businesses, as the street department and people from a local construction site were all on hand and helping out where they could.

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