Durham Fire Department’s Save The Basement Strategy Works Like A Charm

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Maine state-of-the-art fire engine. Maine news from the Rumford MeteorDURHAM — A fast-moving fire early Thursday morning at 174 Newell Brook Road (also known as Route 9) destroyed a large, two-story barn at the landmark Babcock Farm, circa 1800. An Office of the State Fire Marshal representative sifted through the debris Thursday in an effort to determine the cause of the fire, which remained under investigation. Fire Chief Bill St. Michel said the fire was reported by a resident of nearby Ada Lane at 1:29 a.m. and was fully involved when firefighters arrived. He added that firefighters from seven towns conducted a defensive effort to save the nearby farmhouse. He estimated loss to the two-story, 37- by 56-foot barn and its contents at $120,000. Contents included in the estimate are a tractor, a baler and stored hay. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

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