Large commercial fire in Bennington causes evacuation of surrounding homes

Bennington County

Investigators have released additional information on the path and cause of the fire. The story has been updated with the new information.

BENNINGTON, Vt. (NEWS10) — A fire at a vacant building in Bennington is under investigation. The fire broke out just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the former CTC Film developing business on Benmont Avenue. The building is currently unoccupied.

Several departments were called to the four-alarm fire, and the road was closed for several hours. Residents were evacuated from the area due to proximity and heavy smoke. They were able to return home around 7 p.m.

Two Bennington Fire Department firefighters were taken to Southwest Vermont Medical Center for heat exhaustion. They remained in the hospital Wednesday night.

Investigators say the fire started on the outside of the building then moved inside. They say that it started by someone, whether intentional or not. They continue to investigate the cause.

Anyone who may have information is asked to call the Bennington Police Department at (802) 442-1030 or submit information through the Bennington police website.

You can also provide information regarding a suspicious fire by using the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program (VATAP). You can receive up to $5,000 for information that helps detect or prevent an arson fire, bomb threat, or explosion. Call 1-800-32-ARSON or 1-800-322-7766.

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