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Owner of burned building hopes to rebuild

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - The owner of a historic St. Johnsbury building severely damaged by fire last month wants to rebuild.

Vermont Public Radio reports that owner Bruno Ravel is still too upset about the fire to talk to reporters. But he has been talking with talking with historic preservationists, real estate developers and the Chamber of Commerce about how to rebuild - despite having no insurance.

Fire officials say the Dec. 23 fire was accidental, caused by electrical problems.

Fire has burned parts of downtown St. Johnsbury in 2000, 2003 and in 2008.

Fire Chief Troy Ruggles says all of the fires were in old buildings. He says he want to see more emphasis on helping property owners install smoke and heat detectors and sprinklers.

Ruggles says Ravel's building had smoke detectors, but not sprinklers.

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