EAST MONTPELIER — Early Wednesday morning, an East Montpelier historic barn burned to the ground.
Here's the statement about the fire by Vermont State Police.
On 4/4/12 the East Montpelier Fire Department responded to a barn fire on Rt. 14 at approximately 1:02 AM. The fire was reported by a tenant who lived in an apartment close to the barn. When the fire department arrived the entire 130 ft long barn was fully involved. East Montpelier called for mutual aid and a total of 9 more fire departments responded to the scene. The structure could not be saved and completely collapsed. Fire crews were on scene for more than 10 hours fighting the fire and then cleaning up. Rt. 14 had to be closed for a period of time and was only opened to one lane for the morning. No one was injured as a result of the fire. The fire departments were able to contain the fire to just the barn and keep it from spreading to nearby structures. The barn was used for storage and damage estimates are in excess of $200,000.00.
The East Montpelier Fire Department contacted the Vermont State Police and requested an origin and cause investigation be conducted. A State Police Detective from the Fire Investigation Unit and a Fire Investigator from the Division of Fire Safety responded to the scene on 4/4/12.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation but the fire is not considered to be suspicious.