Williamstown church damaged by overnight fire

Published: Apr. 27, 2021 at 5:57 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2021 at 9:02 AM EDT
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. (WCAX) - A Williamstown church was badly damaged by fire overnight.

It happened at the Williamstown United Federated Church on Route 14. It started around 10:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Barre City Fire Department. Officials say it was unoccupied at the time.

“Unbelievable, one of our historic buildings, all three of them, the Town Hall, the historical society and the church. They are all historical buildings in town and this is really a devastating, it’s a loss, it’s huge. My son got married in that church, it’s a very, there’s a lot of members here for a lot of people that are here. It just means a lot,” said Barbara Graham, the town clerk.

Graham was at the scene early Tuesday morning to make a decision about taking the historic clock down. Crews were able to save a historic bell inside the steeple and the clock.

According to the church’s website, it was built more than 220 years ago.

The intersection of Route 14 and Depot Street is closed because of the fire.

There is no word yet on what caused the blaze.

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