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LYNDEBOROUGH — A fire on Monday on Center Road left the homeowner uninjured, but claimed the lives of 84 animals, according to officials.

The fire, which destroyed a barn attached to the residence at 1204 Center Road by an ell, displaced the owner, John Stephenson. The damage was mainly to the barn, according to Lyndeborough’s Officer in Charge Lt. Rance Deware, but the home sustained enough damage that Stephenson was relocated with assistance from the American Red Cross on Monday.

The barn contained 80 chickens who were claimed by the fire, according to a press release from the Lyndeborough Police Department issued on Tuesday. Of the six cats who made the structure their home, four are unaccounted for, and two were rescued by members of the Wilton Fire Department, who treated the animals at the scene with oxygen before they were transported to the Wilton Animal Hospital at Stephenson’s request.

Stephenson, who was home at the time of the fire, attempted to rescue his animals from the fire, and was removed from the building by a neighbor before fire crews arrived. Neither of them were injured, although one firefighter was treated and released at the scene, according to the release.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the NH State Fire Marshall’s Office in Concord.

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

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