A fire destroyed a barn in Greene on Monday morning.
Greene Fire Chief John Soucy said the call came in around 7 a.m. for a fire at a barn on South River Road.
He said when crews arrived the fire was fully involved, but no one was inside.
“My wife first saw it. Asked what I was doing to make so much noise and about the time she identified where the noise was coming from and it was my tractor barn fully engulfed,” homeowner John Schott said.
Schott said he had a tractor, boat, motorcycles and a number of tools inside his barn.
When he saw the flames coming from it, Schott was also concerned about the fire spreading to the surrounding woods and his home.
Soucy said getting water up to the home was their biggest challenge.
“We did contact the [Maine Forest Service and] got their helicopter going, but we did get the fire under control so we were able to cancel them,” Soucy said.
With the help of several different departments, they were able to knock the fire down and keep it from spreading.
“When you get on scene, when you have a structure that involved, you kind of protect what isn’t burned yet and at this point it was the house so luckily it wasn’t too close to the barn,” Soucy said.
One Greene firefighter was taken to the hospital with heat exhaustion but is expected to be OK.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. The Maine fire marshal’s office will be investigating.