WHITEHALL -- Firefighters from throughout northern Washington County and western Vermont fought multiple fires at a site near High Meadow Way on Route 21 on Monday afternoon.

“The strong wind kept blowing the flames, and we wound up with the first barn, three other barns, a silo and a grass fire,” said Ray Rathbun, the Washington County fire coordinator, listing the structures that were touched by the fire.

The building that initially caught fire, a barn with an apartment on the second floor, was destroyed, he said.

As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, Rathbun said investigators had not determined the cause of the fire.

There are no hydrants at the site, several miles south of Route 4, so water tankers and engines from Hampton, Fair Haven, Vt., Fort Ann, Poultney, Vt., Granville, North Granville and Dresden were called to the scene.

Fort Ann firefighters stood by at the Whitehall station.

The fire was originally reported at about 2:30 p.m., and Rathbun said firefighters remained on the scene until about 8 p.m.

“The guys did a good job for that time of day and where the fire was,” Rathbun said, referring to the somewhat remote location. “They did a really good job stopping those other smaller fires.”

He said none of the other buildings were badly damaged.

Whitehall Fire Chief Bryan Brooks could not be reached for comment.

— Bill Toscano

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