30 sheep, 500 chickens die in North Yarmouth fire that destroys 2 barns

Posted March 31, 2014, at 6:52 p.m.

NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine — A fire early Monday morning destroyed two barns and part of a third, according to fire officials.

Mark Roberts, an investigator with the state fire marshal’s office, said Monday that there was “extensive fire damage” at 140 West Pownal Road.

He added that the cause of the blaze could ultimately be classified as undetermined, but “there are no red flags for us at this point.”

Thomas Joel, who owns the property with Jules Fecto, reported the fire at 2 a.m., according to acting North Yarmouth Fire Chief Harold Stoddard.

Roberts said heavy winds made it more difficult to contain the blaze.

Nineteen newborn lambs, 11 adult sheep and 500 young chickens died in the fire, according to Stoddard. No people were hurt.

Crews from Pownal, Gray, Yarmouth and Cumberland aided North Yarmouth in battling the blaze. The scene was cleared at about 6:30 a.m., Stoddard said.

 

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