Fire Danger in NH, Maine – Lebanon Farm Destroyed
A fire destroyed a farm in Maine and damaged a home in Plaistow among several structure and brush fires Saturday around the Seacoast region.
Gusty winds and dead, dry vegetation created ideal conditions for the fire to spread rapidly on Saturday, although relative humidity was not low enough for the criteria required for a red flag warning to be issued by the National Weather Service.
A fire broke out at a farmhouse at the intersection of Heath and Depot Roads in York around 4 p.m. and spread to a barn and surrounding woods, according to the York, Maine, fire department. one of many fire companies in Strafford and York counties. .
There are no working fire hydrants in the immediate vicinity of the farm. Water had to be brought to the farm by several tankers for several hours to extinguish the flames, according to the York Fire Department.
Gusty winds are a concern
The blaze eventually set off four alarms to bring not only more firefighters, but also water to use to put out the flames and for them to drink. Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles around, including 45 miles from the Oak Hill Fire Tower in Concord, NH, according to NEWS 603.
Lebanon Fire Chief Kirk Flynn told WMTW TV that two firefighters suffered minor burns in the blaze. A vehicle was also destroyed by fire.
There were also fears that strong winds could help spread the flames into the surrounding woods. Northwest winds were around 8 MPH gusting to 12 MPH at several vantage points at the time of the fire.
The farm is owned by the Glidden family who lost everything in the fire, according to a GoFundMe page created by Amanda Farnum. Two horses and a barn away from the main house were saved.
“They lost a new truck, all the farm equipment, other cars, tools, the whole house with all its contents, the workshop, the garage including the barn. Unfortunately they had no home insurance “, wrote Farnum.
Farnum said his aunt and uncle were staying with their family but still had to look after the horses. Donations of barn equipment and feed will also be accepted.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Fire in Plaistow
Firefighters from 14 companies responded to a fire at a two-storey house on Middle Road on Saturday evening.
Plaistow firefighters were first on the scene within five minutes of the first call and the flames were completely extinguished within 18 minutes, according to fire chief Chris Knutsen.
“A quick response with trained, capable and equipped firefighters limited damage to the second floor of one unit. No injuries were reported,” Knutsen said.
Bushfires in Danville, Hampstead
Hampstead Fire and Rescue, which responded to the Plaistow blaze, had its own bushfire to deal with on Saturday afternoon, according to the department’s Facebook page.
A brush fire burned about an acre off Woodridge Road on Saturday afternoon, which was brought under control with the help of a Danville tanker. Earlier they responded to an unauthorized fire on Saturday morning off Old Johnson Road.
Danville police said that due to the high fire risk, no open burning is allowed and no permits are issued.
Lebanon fire photos courtesy of Robert Nettles Photography.
Meteorologist Dan Zarrow contributed to this report.