Fire destroys Vermont Timber Works building in North Springfield

  • A fire that started in a dumpster destroyed Vermont Timber Works on Saturday in North Springfield, Vt.

Staff Report
Sunday, September 22, 2019

NORTH SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — A 3-alarm fire Saturday night destroyed the headquarters of a timber-framing company, fire officials said.

State and local fire investigators determined the cause of the fire to be waste materials, such as sawdust and dirty rags, that spontaneously ignited in a dumpster in front of an overhead door and then spread to the building, according to a news release.

The building also had multiple hazards including equipment and vehicles with propane and gasoline tanks.

Fire crews that first arrived at the Vermont Timber Works building on Fairbanks Road shortly after 7:30 p.m. found “heavy fire coming out of the roof in the middle of the building,” Springfield Deputy Fire Chief Scott Richardson said Sunday morning.

Crews from about 12 departments were called in to assist — including using ladder trucks to launch an “exterior attack” — but the building was a “total loss,” Richardson said.

The fire was under control by about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, but crews were still on the scene late Sunday morning.

One firefighter from Weathersfield suffered a minor injury in fighting the blaze, Richardson said.

Vermont Timber Works started in 1987 and now employs about 20 people, according to its website.

The timber frame contractor does residential work but also designs and builds custom timber frames for hotels, churches, ski lodges and other institutions.

The business is looking for a temporary location.