For some fire crews in Vermont Monday, the fire at the Yankee Village Motel in Ascutney was not their first fire they had to fight that day. At 2:15 AM Monday morning, crews from Windsor, West Windsor, Hartford, and Hartland all responded to Ferry Road in Hartland for a report of a fire. Neighbors in the area had reported hearing explosions from a large warehouse belonging to Northern Timber Incorporated and when crews got there, they found flames that had fully engulfed the structure.
Despite the fire reaching a two-alarm level, firefighters from the mutual aid departments were able to knock it down with a few hours, according to the fire chief. The Vermont Division of Fire Safety investigated the scene later that day and deemed that the cause of the fire was to be determined and was not being considered suspicious.
The building contained firewood, a processor, and a dry kiln, which belonged to Northern Timber and flames may have sparked because of the dry conditions this time of year.