Arson Blaze Hits Vermont Firehouse; Trucks Destroyed

A deliberately set fire in a Vermont firehouse has left crews and residents stunned.

Albany Fire Chief Donald Peters told WCAX reporters: "When we seen flames coming out of engine one, we knew we had problems,"

With all their apparatus burning, crews used fire extinguishers in their futile effort.

The station was engulfed in flames in a matter of minutes. 

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Neighboring firefighters from Craftsbury, Irasburg and Orleans responded to the blaze.

Among the apparatus destroyed was an engine purchased new in the '70s, fire officials said.

What upsets firefighters even more than the loss of their home and equipment is that the fire appears to have been intentionally set.

Vermont State Police and the fire marshal's office are investigating. 

Neighbors said they heard four-wheelers before the fire alarm sounded at the firehouse.