HIGHGATE: Fire strikes Boucher farm

Animals saved on farm that makes cheeses

Michelle Monroe

By Michelle Monroe

Executive Editor

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HIGHGATE — At least one building was destroyed during a fire Sunday evening at the Boucher Family Farm on Highgate.

Firefighters were called to the scene around 6:30 p.m., reported Lt. Gary Greenough of the Highgate Fire Dept.

Greenough said he was uncertain how many buildings were destroyed by the fire (early reports estimated as many as four adjacent structures).

“When I got there it was already on the ground,” he said. At least one barn, which was used to house calves and turkeys, was destroyed, but the family was able to get all of the animals out of the barn.

An adjacent shed is still standing, but is severely damaged, reported Greenough.

Firefighters from Franklin, Sheldon, Swanton, St. Albans Town, and Phillipsburg, Quebec assisted in fighting the fire. Greenough estimated there were 40 to 45 firefighters on the scene.

A crew remained on hand overnight to watch for new flare-ups.

Fire investigators were expected to arrive on the scene this morning to determine the cause of the fire.

The farm is owned by Denis and Daniel Boucher and their families. Starting in the 1990s the Boucher’s began making cheese on their farm, and have since branched out to turkeys, beef and Red Barn brand butter.

Greenough said he believed the cheesemaking operation, which supplies Green Mountain bleu cheese to restaurants and retailers around the area, was not damaged.

Local fire department officials were to meet with a state fire investigator at the farm this morning.