VSP: Cause of barn fire undetermined, but does not appear suspicious


Vermont State Police say a barn fire in Townshend does not appear to be suspicious.

Townshend Fire Department got a call from the owner of the barn close to 1:00 a.m. Sunday, who said he saw flames coming from his barn, located across the street from his home.

Fire crews found fire in the second floor of the barn, which had already compromised the roof.

According to a media release, crews were able to knock down the fire as it had already progressed through the entire structure. However, the building and its contents were completely destroyed as result of the fire.

State Police say damage was estimated at approximately $250,000.

The building, a barn, was part of a working horse farm.

Troopers say all the animals survived, except for three goats.

Townshend Fire Chief Glen Bedi contacted the Vermont State Police/Division of Fire Safety Fire Investigative Unit and requested an origin and cause investigation of the fire.

As the Fire Chief did not feel that the fire was suspicious a response was arranged for Monday morning.

An origin and cause investigation was initiated and completed, and investigators determined the fire cause to be undetermined after identifying numerous potential sources for the fire, none of which were suspicious.

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