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Crews battle suspicious fire at abandoned Pownal race track

Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 5:20 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2020 at 1:14 PM EDT
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POWNAL, Vt. (WCAX) - Fire crews worked overnight fighting a large fire at the abandoned race track in Pownal that authorities are now calling suspicious.

The Bennington Fire Department says they responded to a heavy fire at the former Green Mountain Race Track around 11 p.m. Wednesday. They say the fire is in the grandstands, which are made of wood contained in concrete, making it like an oven.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, crews were still fighting hot spots throughout the large structure. The Pownal Fire Department says the fire is suspicious because the race track has been abandoned for some time. They say there are no injuries and the building is a total loss.

Both the Pownal and Hoosick fire departments posted photos to their Facebook page early Thursday morning showing heavy fire.

Fire crews battle early morning blaze at the Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal.
Fire crews battle early morning blaze at the Green Mountain Race Track in Pownal.(Courtesy: Pownal Fire Dept.)

Crews say to use caution when traveling on Route 7.

We have a crew on scene and will have more details on the Channel 3 News starting at 4 p.m.

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