Several area fire departments responded to a substantial fire at the former Green Mountain Racetrack, off Route 7, early Thursday morning.

\When a Banner reporter took photos from Route 7 at 2:30 a.m. smoke was rising from the grandstand but no fire was visible. Numerous vehicles with lights flashing could be seen on the east side of the long-abandoned structure.

The facility was constructed by an investment group for about $6 million in the early 1960s and sold to the Rooney family in 1973 for $8.5 million. The track opened in May 1963 with thoroughbred and harness racing, but had been operating as a greyhound race facility since the late 1970s, before closing for good in 1991.

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