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Four-alarm fire in Gilmanton destroys barn, damages home

A fire completely destroyed a barn and damaged a house in Gilmanton on Sunday, March 23, 2014.

(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

A fire completely destroyed a barn and damaged a house in Gilmanton on Sunday, March 23, 2014. (ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

A four-alarm fire destroyed a barn and damaged a single-family home in Gilmanton yesterday afternoon.

A passer-by went into the fire station to alert the department of the blaze at 1765 Route 140 about 11:10 a.m., Gilmanton fire Capt. Bryan Boyajian said. The barn, which was attached to a colonial-style home, was fully engulfed in flames when the first crew arrived on scene, he said.

No one was injured, Boyajian said, but a few goats were killed in the barn, which collapsed shortly after the first truck arrived. The fire started in the barn and then traveled to the roof and second floor of the home.

A pair of blue skis rested against the porch yesterday, next to a pile of charred debris. Firefighters had begun to clean up the barn’s rubble, and a hole in the side of the house opened up the blackened inside of the second floor.

“The barn is a total loss. It’s flat. . . . The second floor is pretty well gutted,” Boyajian said.

But some of the family’s belongings on the first floor have been salvaged.

“The firefighters were able to salvage quite a bit of antique furniture,” Boyajian said.

Four alarms drew crews from a host of surrounding towns, and the fire was under control in about two hours.

“All the players, yup,” Boyajian said. “As far down as Epsom and Strafford, up to Meredith . . . and everyone in between.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the fire captain said it appeared to be accidental.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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