Vermont State Police say they are investigating a pair of weekend fires that destroyed a building housing five local businesses.
According to police, firefighters were first summoned to the Stowe Free Library late Saturday when the building’s fire alarm went off. Police say the first firefighter on the scene was quickly able to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher.
Damages to the library were minimal, police said.
Meanwhile, police say a nearby building at 638 South Main Street also caught fire and sustained significant fire and water damage. Police say it is considered a total loss.
The building was home to five local businesses: Ross Environmental; Uncle George’s Flowers; Lebeau Kitchens & Baths; Lush Salon; and Denoia’s Dry Cleaners.
Both fires started on the exterior of the buildings, which are located less than a mile apart, police said The investigation is continuing.