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Fire destroys barn in Lyndeborough

  • A fire destroyed a barn attached to a Lyndeborough residence on Wednesday morning.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    A fire destroyed a barn attached to a Lyndeborough residence on Wednesday morning.


    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • A fire destroyed a barn attached to a Lyndeborough residence on Monday morning.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    A fire destroyed a barn attached to a Lyndeborough residence on Monday morning.


    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • A fire destroyed a barn attached to a Lyndeborough residence on Wednesday morning.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

    A fire destroyed a barn attached to a Lyndeborough residence on Wednesday morning.


    (Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

  • A fire destroyed a barn attached to a Lyndeborough residence on Wednesday morning.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • A fire destroyed a barn attached to a Lyndeborough residence on Monday morning.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • A fire destroyed a barn attached to a Lyndeborough residence on Wednesday morning.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

LYNDEBOROUGH — A Lyndeborough man had to be pulled away from a burning barn on his Center Road property as he attempted to save the animals inside during a three-alarm fire Monday morning.

Smoke poured from the Stephenson family home, which is attached to the barn, where firefighters were still working to put out the flames Monday just before noon. The three-alarm fire drew response from eight local towns. The two-member family has been displaced due to smoke damage in the home.

At about 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Fire Department responded to Center Road, just past the intersection with Mountain Road, for a fully involved fire in a barn attached to a residence there.

The homeowner, John Stephenson, had to be pulled from the building by a female neighbor as he attempted to rescue four cats and an unspecified number of chickens that were inside the building, according to Lyndeborough’s Officer in Charge Rance Deware.

“He was trying to save his chickens and cats, and had to be yanked out by a neighbor because he wouldn’t leave them,” said Deware at the scene around noon, when firefighters were putting out the last of the fire, which had consumed the majority of the attached barn.

Stephenson, who resides in the home with his mother, was the only person home at the time of the fire, and neither he nor his neighbor were injured in the blaze, said Deware. The animals Stephenson was attempting to rescue were not so lucky, he said.

“There were no injuries, but we have some chickens and cats unaccounted for,” he said. Stephenson reported that there were four cats in the structure, and an unknown number of chickens, said Deware.

Stephenson was assessed by emergency personnel at the scene, but was not transported to the hospital, Deware said.

While the barn attachment appeared to be a total loss, firefighters had managed to control the blaze before it entered the home, Deware said at the scene. However, the home suffered enough smoke and water damage that the American Red Cross went to the scene Wednesday afternoon to help the Stephensons arrange for an alternate living arrangement until the damage is assessed, said Deware in an interview following the fire.

The N.H. State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded to the scene of the fire after fire crews extinguished the blaze to begin the investigation into possible causes for the fire, said Deware. The Fire Marshal’s Office will be taking the lead on the investigation, said Deware.

At this point, there is no indication yet on the cause or nature of the fire’s origin, he said.

Among the towns that responded were Wilton, Mount Vernon, Francestown, Peterborough, Greenfield, Temple, Amherst and Milford. The New Ipswich Fire Department covered the Lyndeborough Fire Department during the operation.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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