BOOTHBAY, Maine — A Monday morning fire that destroyed a barn on Farnum Point Road left the homeowner with second-degree burns on his arm.
At least five local fire companies responded to the alarm, which was reported around 9:30 a.m. Monday. Fire trucks from Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Southport, and Newcastle went to the scene. The Wiscasset Fire Department assisted with traffic control.
Homeowner Seth Hedgecock attempted to battle the fire before crews arrived, and suffered second-degree burns on his right arm, Boothbay Fire Chief Dickie Spofford said Tuesday.
Hedgecock was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and later drove himself to a local hospital.
By 9:45 a.m., the barn had been reduced to charred remains. The windshield of a crushed vehicle was visible less than two feet above the rubble.
Farnum Point Road rises at a fairly sharp incline off Route 96 in East Boothbay. A pumper truck attached to the hydrant at the intersection of the two roads sent water via a hose up the hill, a distance that was easily more than 1,000 feet.
A relay of tanker trucks from Southport and Newcastle was seen delivering water to a drop tank stationed behind a stationary pumper truck near the destroyed barn, providing additional water to help extinguish the fire.