Small fire prompts evacuation of part of farm show

January 31, 2019

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — A small fire in a boiler room at the Champlain Valley Exposition prompted the evacuation of part of the building where the Vermont Farm Show was being held in Essex Junction.

The fire chief says a broom next to the boiler burned, setting off the sprinklers Thursday morning.

People attending a farm show dairy meeting in the far end of the building were evacuated.

A horse, two sheep and several calves were also walked out of the building.

Participants gathered in another building or sat in their cars.

It was 4 degrees in Essex at about 11 a.m.

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