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St. Johnsbury loses equipment fighting fire

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont fire department is hoping its insurance company will pay to replace equipment lost fighting a blaze that heavily damaged a downtown St. Johnsbury building.

Fire Chief Troy Ruggles says firefighters had to abandon hoses, tools and 1 of its four thermal imaging cameras when they had to flee the 1879 Building on Railroad Street during the Dec. 23 blaze after they were trapped by a wall of fire.

Ruggles told the town select board the thermal camera was the most expensive item lost. It cost about $10,000 new.

The Caledonian Record reports it's not clear yet whether the gutted structure will have to be torn down or whether it can be saved.

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