WHITEFIELD, Maine — A historic house and barn on Hilton Road were consumed with flames Tuesday afternoon as the Whitefield Fire Department battled the second structure fire in the town in seven days.
First responders on the scene at about 4 p.m. found that flames had engulfed the barn at 5 Hilton Road and were traveling toward the house, Whitefield Fire Chief Scott Higgins said Wednesday.
Tankers brought water from a pond near the Whitefield Elementary School and the backwaters of Coopers Mill Dam.
Crews from Jefferson, Pittston, Windsor and Alna provided mutual aid, but Higgins said Whitefield firefighters have battled three other fires in the last week or so — including a Jan. 27 fire on Mills Road in Whitefield — and are exhausted. The blaze took about 90 minutes to knock down. The house is still standing, he said, but is a total loss.
“We were chasing it a long time,” he said.
No injuries were reported, and Higgins said firefighters kept about 20 cattle safely away from the burning building.
Higgins said he was not sure whether the home, owned by Mark and Pam Fenderson, was insured.
An excavator was called to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. to knock down the remaining structure and ensure the fire was completely out. Higgins said he and other firefighters would return to the fire station Wednesday night to work on the firetrucks, which froze during Tuesday’s efforts.