A fire that spread quickly on the porch of a Pearl Street apartment building late Wednesday afternoon was contained to the front of the building by firefighters. Shortly after numerous 9-1-1 calls were made about the fire at 247 Pearl St., St. Johnsbury firefighters arrived to find the porch on fire and burning fast. Within minutes Firefighter Dennis Farnham put a hose to the burning porch, knocking down the blaze. From there, multiple firefighters, commanded by Chief Brad Reed, sought out hot spots and entered the building to make sure no flames had pushed into the duplex building. One first-floor window was broken by the fire, but minimal damage was done inside. Sections of the exterior wall were opened up to allow firefighters to douse it with water.