A massive blaze at the former Green Mountain Race Track had multiple fire departments battling into the early hours of Thursday morning.

I Berkshires.com reports the fire apparently started sometime late Wednesday night and billowing smoke could be seen pouring from the back of the building. By about 1:20 a.m., the heavy fire began to appear in the front of the building.

The 64,000-square-foot glass and metal grandstand and some smaller outbuildings are set back from Route 7 and access to the site was limited to emergency vehicles.

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Up and down Route 7 there was a long line of emergency vehicles at the southern entrance to the property and tankers roared as they refilled from a hydrant the Pownal Fire Department on Route 346.

As late as March of this year there were plans for a music festival although the Select Board was less than enthusiastic about the idea. Those plans never had a chance to come to fruition as the novel coronavirus pandemic shut down any large gatherings. Berkshirestock 2 was rescheduled to next July.

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The property is currently owned by Green Mountain Race Track LLC, which nearly lost it to foreclosure last year. There is also a commercial solar array on the property.

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