Barn fire in Aurora kills cattle and pigs

Posted Nov. 26, 2010, at 1:50 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:06 p.m.

AURORA, Maine — A fire late Thursday destroyed a barn on Great Pond Road, killing most of the animals inside, Fire Chief Tim Watson said Friday.

A few animals survived, but many more, mostly cattle and pigs, died as a result of the fire, he said.

The fire chief said he did not have an exact count of the number of animals housed in the barn. He described the barn and its contents as “a total loss.”

No other buildings were endangered by the fire, Watson said.

An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office is scheduled to visit the scene Monday to determine the cause of the blaze, according to the fire chief.

Watson declined to release the name of the owner, but said the family was out of town for Thanksgiving when the blaze broke out.

The fire was reported at 9:20 p.m. by a person who was staying at nearby cabins on Great Pond, he said.

“The barn was pretty much gone by the time we got there,” Watson said Friday.

Firefighters from Osborne and Mariaville assisted Aurora firefighters, who cleared the scene about 2:30 a.m. Friday.