• Early morning fire destroys three-story barn
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     | April 04,2012
     
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    Firefighters pour water on the smoldering remains of a historic three-story barn on Route 14 in East Monteplier that was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning. A State Police fire investigation unit has been called in to determine the cause of the blaze.

    EAST MONTPELIER — Vermont fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire early Wednesday that destroyed a century-old barn in East Montpelier.

    Firefighters were called to the fire in the three-story, 130-foot long barn on Vermont Route 14 near the Bragg Farm about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

    Chief John Audy of the East Montpelier Fire Department said firefighters were able to see the blaze that leveled the barn from their homes as they responded at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

    When firefighters arrived the three-story barn was fully engulfed in flames. The structure was being used for storage and there was no livestock inside.

    Audy called in mutual aid from other local fire departments with about 10 area fire departments helping to fight the three-alarm blaze.

    It took crews a few hours to get the fire under control and the blaze was threatening a nearby house, Audy said.

    The heat from the fire melted the siding and blew out a window of the home, Audy said. The tenants were evacuated from the building during the fire.

    While firefighters battled the blaze, traffic was diverted from Route 14 and at about 9:30 a.m. traffic along the road was still limited to one lane.

    The barn, owned by Robert Phillips, was used for storage and no one was injured as a result of the fire.

    -- This story contains information from The Associated Press

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