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Fire ravages Montpelier lumberyard, destroys fire truck

Allen Lumber/RK Miles building on Stonecutter Way in Montpelier destroyed by fire Wednesday night. Top photo by Gene Leon, bottom from Montpelier FB page.

A massive fire erupted at the RK Miles/ Allen Lumber lumberyard in Montpelier’s downtown area on Wednesday night, according to deputy fire chief James Quinn.

Joseph Page photo

The blaze, which began shortly after 7 p.m., caused no injuries but destroyed the first fire truck on the scene. The truck “caught a wind change” and could not be saved, city officials said.

It is the second major Montpelier fire in the last week. A fire severely damaged the Main Street building containing the Mad Taco restaurant and Charlie O’s.

Firefighters faced a “massive amount of fire” that had already spread throughout the lumberyard, forcing them to retreat.

Quinn said the fire was generally under control by 7:40 p.m., but crews would likely be extinguishing it for days. Efforts were made to protect neighboring buildings, including the Hunger Mountain Co-op and the Clothespin Factory. Some damage was sustained at a residential building across the bike path from the blaze.

The lumberyard, which included a horseshoe-shaped ring of sheds storing goods like lumber and insulation, reckoned to be a total loss in preliminary reports, may have some salvageable buildings, authorities said late last night.

Several streets were closed to traffic due to the fire. At the fire’s outset, a temporary power shutoff left about 1,450 customers without power, but almost all had been restored by 8 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. – Some content sourced from Newport Dispatch

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9 replies »

  1. It’s interesting to note that this establishment is right in the Winooski River flood plain. Urban renewal, perhaps?

  2. Amazing save really that they were able to save all the other structures around it. Really good work.

    • Perhaps someone took shelter in there, out of the wind, tried warming themselves with a fire… Admittedly I have no evidence to back it up, but given the rest of the havoc being done to Montpelier, that was my gut reaction.

  3. What a bunch of nasty comments. Sure hope there are nicer people who read the VDC and just don’t comment.

    • Nasty? Or cynical and suspicious. There’s a difference. Especially given the increased graft and corruption in our government. Is the Montpelier Post Office next?