TROY, Maine — When Chief Larry Raymond of the Troy Volunteer Fire Department crested a hill late Monday on his way to a fire in an old wooden farmhouse, all he saw was an orange glow that lit the night.
The Bagley Hill Road home was engulfed in flames and despite the efforts of about 50 firefighters from three neighboring communities who used 100,000 gallons of water during the five-hour battle, by morning it was destroyed.
“It was so intense and so hot,” Raymond said Wednesday. “It was stubborn.”
No one was hurt in the fire, which began in a tool shed area of the vacant farmhouse, according to the chief. The cause is still undetermined, and the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing to investigate.
Larry Fowler owns the building, which Raymond estimated to have been built in the early 1900s.
The owner had been getting ready to rent it out, and people had been working in the building earlier Monday. It was insured, the chief said.
Firefighters from Troy, Thorndike and Unity battled the blaze, which began about 11:30 p.m. Strong, shifting winds made fighting the fire difficult, according to Raymond.
“I think that was a main reason we lost the building,” he said.
After “hammering” the water to the farmhouse all night long, the firefighters were able to clear the scene at about 5 a.m.
But they still weren’t done.
“We had to go back, later on in the morning, to poke everything apart and distinguish some hot spots,” Raymond said. “That’s how hot it was.”