Fire destroys historic round barn in Irasburg
copyright the Chronicle August 24, 2016
by Paul Lefebvre
IRASBURG — A fire Tuesday destroyed the round barn here on Robillard Flats that had become a cultural landmark for those who live or travel through Orleans County.
Originally built in 1908, the barn had been in the Robillard family since 1960. Two generations of dairy farmers had turned the land, as well as the barn, into a showpiece that attracted natives and tourists alike.
A fast burning fire that started early in the afternoon completely destroyed the wooden round barn and left the remaining metal barns, where the livestock were kept, scorched and crumpled.
It’s a disaster,” said Bernard Robillard, who bought the farm from his father, Guy.
It’s still uncertain what caused the fire.
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