Berkshire’s loss put at $400,000 in garage blaze

Elodie Reed

By Elodie Reed

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BERKSHIRE — Three area fire departments responded to a fire at the Berkshire Town Garage Tuesday night that left the sand shed and town grader destroyed. Nobody was inside the building at the time and no one was hurt.

Assistant chief Tony Archambault, of the Berkshire Volunteer Fire Department said by phone this morning that the shed and grader were complete losses, with an estimated value of around $400,000.

Fire crews from Berkshire, Richford and Enosburgh were called to the scene around 7 p.m., said Archambault

He said the cause of the fire was most likely a short circuit in the town grader, which went up in flames and then spread to the building. “Sometimes they can just catch on fire,” he said.

Archambault said “I’m assuming [the town] will need a new grader,” he said.

In addition, several individual snowplow units were inside the shed at the time.

Fire officials at the scene last night indicated that a Vermont State Fire investigator would be called in to pinpoint the cause of the blaze.