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Historic Newton Academy destroyed by fire

SHOREHAM-In the wake of a fast moving, late-night thunder storm April 7, the historic 19th century Newton Academy, home to a nursery school and the Shorewell Clinic, was struck by lightning shortly before 1 a.m.

Firefighters reported that flames were through the roof of the three-story building, and by 4 a.m., it was clear that the once historic structure was a complete loss.

Shoreham, Orwell, Cornwall, Whiting and Bridport fire departments, aided by Vergennes Fire Department's ladder truck, were able to protect a nearby dwelling, the elementary school, and two school buses. Shoreham First Response and Middlebury Ambulance also responded and remained on stand-by.

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