Fire at Storybook Farm in New Ipswich destroys barn

  • A fire at Storybook Farm on Ashby Road in New Ipswich destroyed the farm's working dairy barn. COURTESY PHOTO—

  • A fire at Storybook Farm on Ashby Road in New Ipswich destroyed the farm's working dairy barn. COURTESY PHOTO—

  • A fire at Storybook Farm on Ashby Road in New Ipswich destroyed the farm's working dairy barn. COURTESY PHOTO—

  • A fire at Storybook Farm on Ashby Road in New Ipswich destroyed the farm's working dairy barn. COURTESY PHOTO—

  • A fire at Storybook Farm on Ashby Road in New Ipswich destroyed the farm's working dairy barn. COURTESY PHOTO—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/26/2022 10:47:49 AM
Modified: 4/26/2022 10:46:20 AM

A two-alarm fire Monday at Storybook Farm in New Ipswich, owned by Diane and Paul Knisely, destroyed the farm’s large barn, killing some young chickens.

Just after 9:30 a.m., the New Ipswich Fire Department was alerted to the fire both by a neighbor of the Ashby Road property and a passerby from the department of public works in nearby Ashby. Although the fire was in the barn and the barn is not attached to the home, it is within a few feet, according to Fire Chief Meredith Lund. Because of the proximity of the barn and house, the neighbor entered the home to make sure that there was no one home and evacuated the family pets, including a dog and birds.

The barn usually houses the farm’s herd of cows, but they had already been let out to graze when the fire started, according to Lund. Baby chicks which were being raised in the barn were lost to the blaze. No humans were injured, and the cows have been moved to another working farm.

“When I got there, it was already fully involved, and it was only about two feet from the house, and we had wind blowing from the barn to the house, so that became our main concern,” Lund said.

Ultimately, Lund said the house was not damaged, even superficially. Lund said crews set up water sources from both directions, both in New Ipswich and from the Ashby side of the state line, to provide additional water.

The large, two-story barn was not salvageable, Lund said. Between the amount of damage making the structure unsafe, the age and dry nature of the wood and flammable material, including a large amount of hay, crews decided to pull down the structure to ensure the entire fire was out. The building was demolished with an excavator, and the debris was wet down with hand lines and a ladder truck.

Lund said crews have a general idea of the location of the start of the fire, but have not determined a cause. The fire is not considered suspicious.

The fire was under control by about 11 a.m., and crews cleared the scene shortly after 2:30 p.m.

Mutual aid towns assisting on scene were Ashby fire and public works, Greenville, Milford, Jaffrey, Peterborough, Westminster, Townsend, Fitchburg, Ashburnham, Temple and Rindge. Souhegan Valley Ambulance stood by at the scene, and police from New Ipswich assisted with  traffic. 


Ashley Saari can be reached at 603-924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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