OSSIPEE — A one-alarm late night fire destroyed a barn on Moultonville Road on Wednesday. No one was injured in the fire and the two pigs that lived inside were safely evacuated.
Center Ossipee Fire Chief Michael Brownell said the fire at 78 Moultonville Road was reported by multiple calls to 911 at 10:21 p.m.
First-arriving crews found the barn fully involved and a first alarm was called, beckoning the town’s two other fire precincts, Ossipee Corner and West Ossipee, to respond.
Brownell said one challenge the fire presented was due to the barn’s close proximity to the road and firefighting equipment. Located just 12 or 15 feet from the road, firefighters came in close contact with the heat.
Another challenge was to protect the nearby single-family, vinyl-sided residence and prevent the fire from spreading. The house was about 15 feet away from the fully-involved barn, a large approximately 2,400-square-foot, two-story structure.
Brownell said the voltage line connected to the barn had burned off and was arcing.
“The barn is basically a total loss. What was important is that the house that could have caught fire, did not catch fire,” said Brownell.
Fire crews used water from a nearby hydrant to not only fight the barn fire, but to wet down the overheated single-family home to prevent the fire from spreading.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by Brownell and members of the New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office.
Aside from crews from all three of Ossipee’s fire precincts assisting, the Tuftonboro Fire Department sent a fire truck to stand by at the Center Ossipee station and the Tamworth Fire Department dispatched its trained Rapid Intervention Team. The team is equipped with special equipment, such as thermal imaging gear and extended capacity breathing gear.
“We brought the team in and they set up … luckily, we didn’t have to use it,” added Brownell.
Brownell said the barn owner is Steve Piper. The fire was declared under control in about an hour.
Brownell and inspectors spent time at the fire scene on Thursday.