Fire destroys Goffstown meat processor, a well-loved family business
October 06. 2017 2:18PM
GOFFSTOWN — The production facility for a longtime commercial meat business was destroyed in an early morning fire Friday.
About 5:30 a.m., a caller reported a fire at Lemay & Sons Beef, located at 116 Daniel Plummer Road. Firefighters found fire in the back of the building and smoke throughout the 6,000-square-foot structure, according to Goffstown Fire Chief Richard O’Brien.
Firefighters were able to prevent fire from spreading to a neighboring shop and a residence that the processing plant was sandwiched between.
“The crews did a great job of containing the fire to the building of origin,” O’Brien said.
Getting water to the fire wasn’t a problem, but equipment inside such as smokers and commercial refrigerators made extinguishing it slow going, according to O’Brien.
“There was hidden fire everywhere,” he said.
The fire was under control about 10 a.m. and firefighters remained at the building into the afternoon to assure the fire did not spark back up.
The building appears to be a total loss, O’Brien said.
A third alarm had been sounded, bringing assistance from eight communities: Manchester, Bedford, Hooksett, Litchfield, New Boston, Dunbarton, Bow and Merrimack. Crews from Londonderry and Henniker provided station coverage while the other firefighters were at the Daniel Plummer Road blaze.
No one was injured in the fire or fighting it.
“It was unoccupied at the time,” O’Brien said.
The fire is under investigation, but the chief said it does not appear to be suspicious.
Lemay & Sons opened in 1963, according to the company’s website, and processes and sells local and custom meat products.
O’Brien said the business is well known in town and called the incident a tragic loss.
At least one member of the community has pledged to do what she can to help get the business back on its feet.
“Our hearts just go out to them,” said resident Christine Templeton of Templeton Family Organics farm in Goffstown.
Templeton said Lemay & Sons is loved by the community. Farmers bring their livestock to be butchered, and locals buy their meat there, she said.
Templeton also said she will be fundraising for the family at the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off & Regatta next week.
She is further looking into a “barn raising” to help the family rebuild, though she hasn’t had the chance to discuss it with them yet.
“Their community will support them in whatever they need,” she said.