Massive fire destroys iconic Waterbury farm

Published: Apr. 1, 2018 at 8:24 PM EDT
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It was Easter heartbreak for a Waterbury farm family. A massive fire ripped through several structures at the iconic Wallace Family Farm on Blush Hill Road Sunday.

Officials say both homes and a cow barn were destroyed by the flames. They could be seen shooting into the air 15-20 miles away. Numerous fire departments responded to the scene as well as Vermont State Police, local police and EMTs.

Initial reports were that animals were in the barn when the fire broke out. Several sources told us the animals were not able to make it out.

Rosina Wallace lived at the farm with her brother. Family members say they were not injured.

"We had two or three messages on our phone from friends and relatives that the Wallace farm is on fire," said Mary Welch, the owner's cousin. "I have such wonderful memories here... they are wonderful people and it's just a landmark-- another one gone, and it will never be replaced."

In 2016, WCAX News profiled the farm as it celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Wallace Family has lived on Blush Hill Road since 1866. The farm was passed down to former state Sen. Keith Wallace, and then to his kids. Rosina and Kay took over the family business and have welcomed many guests over the years, including countless school children.