State police rule Mount Mansfield hut fire accidental

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STOWE, VT. >> Vermont State Police have ruled that a Christmas Eve fire that destroyed a 79-year-old hut situated near the peak of Vermont's tallest mountain was accidental.

The Burlington Free Press reports Trooper Todd Ambroz reported Tuesday that the blaze appeared to have been caused by an error in the operation of the historic Stone Hut's wood stove.

Ambroz says he couldn't find anything "intentional or malicious" in investigating the fire, which was first noticed by a Stowe Mountain Resort employee around 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 24.

The hut, located atop Mount Mansfield, is owned and managed by the Vermont Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation. Officials are optimistic that it can be rebuilt.

The hut wasn't rented to anybody at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com


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