Historic mountaintop stone cabin gutted by fire reopens

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Posted: Nov 01, 2016 5:16 PM

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A historic Vermont mountaintop stone cabin gutted by an accidental fire caused by the sons of a snowboard company founder has been rebuilt.

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin traveled to the top of Mount Mansfield for a reopening ceremony Tuesday. He calls the rebuilt stone hut "truly magical."

The family of Burton Snowboards founder Jake Burton Carpenter donated $150,000 to the reconstruction.

The state-owned stone hut is rented out in winter.

Police say the snowboard company founder last December asked his two sons to stoke a fire in the woodstove to get the cabin prepared for a friend. The sons placed wood against the stove to dry and left the stove door open with a log against it. The guest didn't show up, and the hut caught fire.