Here is the latest on the investigation into the fire at the abandoned CTC Film.

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, Vermont State Police Fire Investigation Unit responded to the scene of the fire that occurred at 254 Benmont Avenue at the location of the former CTC Film Developing business on May 20, 2021.

This structure was quickly upgraded to a four-alarm fire, requesting mutual aid from; Bennington Rural Fire Department, North Bennington Fire Department, North Hoosick Fire Department, Hoosick Falls Fire Department, and Pownal Fire Department. North Pownal Fire Department, Pownal Valley Fire Department, and Shaftsbury Fire Department were on standby to assist with other fire calls.

Detectives from the Bennington Police Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations also arrived on the scene.

It was found that the source of the fire was on the northwest corner of the building, which started on the outside of the building, then expanded into the structure. The direct cause of the fire is undetermined but can be attributed to direct human involvement in starting the fire, intentionally or not. This fire is still under investigation and no further information is available at this time.

If you have any information regarding this fire, please contact Bennington Police Detective Sergeant Jason Burnham at 802-442-1030 or submit information through our website at

You can also provide information regarding a suspicious fire by using the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program (VATAP). You can receive up to $5000.00 for information that helps detect or prevent an arson fire, bomb threat, or explosion. Call 1-800-32-ARSON or 1-800-322-7766.

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