Rebuilding Underway At Site of January Richmond Barn Fire

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 04/23 2014 06:32PM

Updated 04/23 2014 06:33PM


It's rebuilding time after a historic barn in Richmond, Vermont burned down back in January.

The January 13th fire on E. Main Street in Richmond, brought a 120-year old barn to the ground.

What caused it, is still a mystery.

“We're not sure. We think it's something electrical but I don't think we'll ever know,” said John Smith, poultry manager at Maple Wind Farm. Maple Wind Farm owns the property where the barn once stood.

The burned remnants are still visible 3 months later, but beyond that, progress is being made.

Before the fire, John Smith spent his days tending to the chicks that were housed in the barn.

Now, he's helping to rebuild.

“We needed things that we could build relatively quickly because we realized we weren't going to have a whole new structure in place by the time the season started,” said Smith.

The first thing to go up is a greenhouse. In just a few weeks, it will be full of chicks. The barn will be replaced sometime down the road.

“There was some coverage on the structure and contents but I think it was significantly underinsured,” said Smith.

The fire actually affected 2 businesses. The other business is a growing business that was leasing space in the barn for storage at the time of the fire. The business owner says she lost up to $5,000 in property.

“For a small business like mine, that's a lot of money,” said Meghan Giroux, owner of Vermont Edible Landscape. “Vermont Edible Landscape is starting a nursery and a majority of my supplies to start that nursery was in the barn and the barn fire obviously took those away."

Meghan Giroux lost countless supplies and equipment that day, and none of it was insured.

“I reached out to friends and family using IndieGoGo as a fundraising platform to raise $2,000 for a shed,” said Giroux.

But nothing can replace the original barn.

“There were untold stories lost in that barn,” remembered Giroux.

“It was a pretty iconic barn for the Richmond area,” said Smith.

Giroux is very close to her goal. A “Carpentry For Women” class at Yestermorrow Design Build School will start assembling it next week.

If you'd like to check out her IndieGoGo donation page, visit here:

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