Fire destroys barn, hay, equipment at Weeks Farm in Belmont
Crews from eight local fire departments responded to a fire at Weeks Farm in Belmont yesterday morning that destroyed a barn and closed Route 140 for most of the day.
Firefighters protected a house 20 feet from the barn on Depot Road and saved it from any damage, said Belmont fire Chief David Parenti.
“It wasn’t even scorched. The guys did a great job,” Parenti said.
The fire was too large for crews to go into the barn to fight, but the first crew that arrived at the scene, directed by Lt. Fred Greene, established a hose line between the house and the barn, saving the house from damage.
Though it sometimes houses pigs, the barn held only equipment and about 2,000 bales of hay yesterday, all of which were destroyed. The damage was estimated at $12,000, Parenti said.
Crews from the Laconia, Gilford, Tilton-Northfield, Barnstead, Sanbornton and Loudon fire departments assisted on the scene, and Concord Fire Department sent a crew to cover the Belmont station.
The fire appears to have started in the lower level of the barn, but the cause has not yet been determined, Parenti said.
Route 140 was closed for more than six hours as crews fought the fire and then used an excavator to drag the hay out of the rubble and spread it around to stop it from smoldering.
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