Warehouse fire in Vergennes

Published: Dec. 8, 2018 at 8:49 PM EST
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Saturday morning firefighters braved the cold as flames ripped through the remainder of the Feed Commodities in Vergennes.

Peter Kellerman says he woke up to take some photos at the Dead Creek Nature Center when he noticed smoke in the air.

"It was big billowing clouds and quite a glow," said Kellerman. "Lo and behold we had a fire going here. It was pretty much before 7 a.m. by the time I got here, it was pretty well-burnt."

Vergennes Fire Chief Jim Brewer says that a fire in nearby Ferrisburgh Friday night broke the water main that feeds this area and caused issues at the fire Saturday morning in Vergennes.

"We wound up having to switch to a tanker shuttle to be able to maintain the water supply to put this out," said Brewer.

He said nine crews worked throughout the morning to control the fire in the mill filled with grain.

"This was very difficult. Tin roof metal sides makes it hard to get in and actually fight the fire. It was really tough," said Brewer.

Kellerman says he came back later in the day to get a better idea of the damage in the daylight, a tough view for many of those who stopped to look.

"It's always distressing to see how devastating a fire like this is," Kellerman said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials say no one was injured.