June 23, 2018
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Fire destroys Plymouth sculptor’s studio

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

PLYMOUTH, Maine — A fast-moving fire Friday destroyed a three-and-a-half-story wooden building that housed Wolfscrag Sculpture, the studio of David J. Holmes, whose works include carvings that grace Gov. John Baldacci’s office, the New Hampshire State House, the John F. Kennedy memorial in Hyannis, Mass., and the Maine Center for the Arts, to name a few.

The fire at 970 Ward Hill Road, owned by Holmes and his wife, Jane, began about 5 p.m. but burned undetected until about 5:20 p.m., Plymouth Fire Capt. Jim Worcester said Friday night. By the time firefighters arrived, the building was in flames, he said.

Worcester said the building housed Holmes’ wood- and stone-carving operations as well as his metalwork equipment. A dollar amount for the loss was not available Friday night. Worcester said the building was insured.

Though firefighters from Plymouth, Newport, Etna, Dixmont, Detroit and Troy were not able to save the large building, they were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the Holmes’ nearby house and a smaller, two-story workshop, Worcester said.

Friday’s warm temperatures and humidity, combined with the heat from the fire, proved a challenge for firefighters, who remained on the scene for about five hours, he said.

“We rotated them in and out every 15 or 20 minutes,” he said.

The only injury reported in connection with the fire involved an Etna firefighter who got dust in his eye. After his eye was flushed out by emergency medical personnel, the firefighter resumed his duties.

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