An early morning structure fire at the Benson Village Store took seven different departments to fight, those included West Haven, Fair Haven, Castleton, West Rutland, Orwell, Poultney, and White Hall, New York.
We are told that Lake Road and Stage Road are now back open after being shut down earlier this morning.
They say the fire started in the back of the building and quickly spread throughout the rest. We are told that the owner of the store does live upstairs and needed help from the neighbors to get him out safely.
He has no major injuries and was treated by Fair Haven mutual aid.
“Community members watching out for each other, they see smoke, calling for help, and then helping each other until we can get there makes a huge difference in our ability to have a fire that we can knock down,” said Benson Fire Chief Thomas Neumann.
The building was built in 1862, we checked in with the Vermont Historical Society on the significance of this loss to the community.
According to their records, The Benson Village Store has had a few name changes over its 157 years.
From the Howard and Reed, to Clarks, what we now know as the Benson Village Store has always provided the same staples over the years from groceries, gas, food and supplies.
The cause is still under investigation.