Vermont covered bridge fire deemed “terrible loss”

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Officials are trying to figure out what sparked a fire that destroyed a wooden covered bridge on a rural road in Vermont, a state known for its scenic and historic covered wood-truss bridges.

State police say Saturday’s fire at the Station Covered Bridge on the Salisbury-Cornwall town line in central western Vermont was deemed suspicious because investigators didn’t know what caused it, but they don’t believe it was a malicious act.

The 155-foot long covered bridge was built in 1865 and restored in 2008.

The National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges says Pennsylvania has the most covered bridges with more than 200, followed by Ohio with 148 and Vermont with 102.

The president of the society says the fire at the Vermont covered bridge “is a terrible loss.”

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