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Fire tears through Spider Web Farm in Williamstown

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. -

Investigators are still searching for a cause after fire extinguished one of Vermont's most unique businesses.

"When I came into town, I could see the smoke, and I knew at that point, it was probably gone," said Willet Knight, Spider Web Farm.

Fire ripped through a 150-year-old barn Tuesday morning, the home of Spider Web Farm.

Its owners captured the imagination of visitors and customers permanently preserving spider webs with a low-tech, rustic technique.

"That's pretty, that's a $22," said Knight back in 2003.

Tuesday, Knight made it home before his 90-year-old father Will and says his dad will not accept the inevitable until he sees it himself.

"I have a feeling he thinks he's going to come in and clean it up a little and be back to normal, but it's not going to happen as you can see, it's pretty much gone," said Knight.

"We're going to have to tear it down," said Chief William Graham, Williamstown Fire Department.

Graham says it's unclear what sparked the fire. His crews couldn't keep it contained to the back given all the wood and combustible products inside.

"The fire got too far ahead of us before we could get it out," said Graham.

Crews saved the family home, but equipment for the family business went up in smoke.

"I kind of had a feeling that someday this old barn, something was going to happen," said Knight.

Willet says they couldn't afford to insure the barn, but his father can afford some time off to figure out how to move forward.

"He's finally going to retire. I don't know what to say, I don't know what we're to do. Probably that's the end of the Spider Web Farm," said Knight.

The farm's memory will live on though, in the art with more than 16,000 pieces spread across the country and the globe in one big web.

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