Fire Destroys Vermont Country Store Warehouse
$2 Million in Product Loss Reported
Members of the Vermont State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit and the Division of Fire Safety are investigating a blaze that began late Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Vermont Country Store warehouse on Route 7B in Clarendon.
The fire destroyed the 16,000-square-foot warehouse and caused more than $2 million in losses in product alone.
Clarendon Fire Department Chief Matt Jacobowski requested the Vermont State Police conduct an origin and cause investigation. Members responded Sunday but were unable to begin the investigation as the rubble remained too hot. Fire investigators returned to the scene Monday morning, Oct. 22.
The investigation is in its early stages, and it is currently unknown whether the blaze is suspicious. More information will be released as it becomes available, said authorities.
WCAX reported that representatives of the store said the “warehouse was used for overflow merchandise from their main warehouse just down the road…The inventory inside was about 5 percent of their total inventory…Customers’ orders are still set to ship on schedule.”
Anyone with information about this fire is asked to contact Sgt. Thomas Williams at the Rutland barracks at 802-773-9101.