It was a challenging scene for firefighters Sunday night as crews from nine different department were forced to utilize an abandoned logging trail to get to – and fight – a large blaze at a Weathersfield cabin.
Crews needed nearly 2,000 feet of hose as well as off-road vehicles to get to the cabin located on Little Ascutney Mountain, which was unattended at the time of the fire. Members of the West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department were first on the scene shortly after 7:30 p.m., and were eventually joined by crews from Springfield, Windsor, Ascutney, Chester, Proctorsville, Reading, Cavendish and Claremont.
The 15-by-25-foot structure was a complete loss, and the cause of the fire remains under investigations.
Recent dry weather and windy conditions at the time had crews concerned the fire could potentially spread along the mountainside, but chief engineer Josh Dauphin told the Valley News crews were lucky as the fire didn’t spread into the woods at all.