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Fire destroys barn in Winchester

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent

March 04. 2018 9:02PM
A fire at 371 Burt Hill Road Saturday afternoon destroyed a barn, said Winchester Fire Department Assistant Chief John Stephens on Sunday. (COURTESY Winchester police)



WINCHESTER — A fire at 371 Burt Hill Road Saturday afternoon destroyed a barn, said Winchester Fire Department Assistant Chief John Stephens on Sunday.

Thought the barn was destroyed, firefighters were able to save the farmhouse and no one was injured, he said.

The farm is located on the outskirts of town near the Massachusetts border.

“It’s way out from the town so it took us some time to get there. By the time we got there it was totally involved,” Stephens said.

Stephens said the afternoon was extremely windy. The barn was sitting on top of a hill so it had no protection from the wind and no nearby water source.

“It was hard because of the wind, and we had to shuttle water up to it,” Stephens said. “There was no hydrant systems up there.”

Water was brought in from the boat launch in Northfield, Mass., and a pond on a property down the street, Stephens said.

“The chief was the first one there,” Stephens said. “When I pulled up with the second engine the whole thing was gone.”

Firefighters responded around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and were on scene until about 9 p.m. Firefighters returned Sunday morning around 6 a.m. when the fire was rekindled.

While firefighters were able to save the farmhouse and another building on the property the barn was destroyed and collapsed during the blaze

“It was all coming down, within an hour and half it was down,” Stephens said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.

Between 40 to 50 firefighters fought the fire, including crews from Hinsdale and Swanzey as well as Northfield, Bernardston and Warwick out of Massachusetts assisting the Winchester Fire Department.


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