Westminster fire destroys barn


WESTMINSTER — Firefighters responded to a barn fire at 43 Streeter Road on Saturday, but upon arrival, the structure was already destroyed.

"When we got here it (the barn) had fallen in and burnt through," said John Parker, fire and rescue lieutenant with the Westminster Fire Department. "I was here fairly quickly, within five minutes of the tone and it was on the ground and basically what you see now."

Around 3 p.m. on Saturday a call came in as a structure fire at 43 Streeter Road and the Westminster Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly after. One of the individuals living on the property was sent to Springfield Hospital to be treated for unknown injuries, but may have sustained "more than minor" injuries according to Westminster Fire Chief Cole Streeter. Streeter added that the individual may have entered or re-entered the barn while it was on fire to try and rescue a motorcycle, but Streeter could not confirm that for certain on Saturday afternoon.

The cause and origin of the fire is undetermined at the this time and the structure is considered a total loss.

"There's not much you can do, you put it out and wet it down," said Parker.

According to Parker, the Westminster Fire Department and Walpole Fire Department responded to the scene, and Bellows Falls Fire Department covered the Westminster Station during the fire. Golden Cross Ambulance responded as well.

Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311 ext 275


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