Police say Monkton horse barn fire looks suspicious

News graphic by J. Kirk Edwards

— On Feb. 24, at approximately 3 a.m., the Monkton Fire Department responded to a fire at 271 White Ridge Ln. in Monkton. The fire was reported when a Monkton resident observed an "orange glow" in the area of White Ridge Lane.

When firefighters arrived, they found a horse barn with an attached indoor riding ring fully involved. The barn and the riding ring had already collapsed and the structure could not be saved.

The Monkton Fire Department learned that two horses were missing. After searching the area the horses were located and unharmed.

A total of 14 horses are kept at the barn but the other 12 horses were outside in the paddock at the time.

There were no injuries in connection with the fire but damage estimates are in excess of $150,000.00.

Vermont State Police troopers also responded to the scene. A state police detective and an investigator from the Division of Fire Safety were called to respond to the scene to conduct and origin and cause investigation.

The fire is still under investigation but is considered to be suspicious in nature.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Arson Tip Line at 1-800-32-ARSON (there is up to a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to an arrest).

Anyone not wishing to call the tip line but has information about the fire can also contact Det. Sgt. Jeremy Hill at the St. Albans Barracks at 802-524-5993.

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