DEERING — Fire officials from Deering and surrounding towns were battling a two-alarm fire that did significant damage to a barn that had livestock inside, officials said.
Deering police officials confirmed at about 6 p.m. the barn fire had broken out at 15 Woods Hole St.
After local firefighters found the barn was heavily damaged by fire, a second alarm was issued to bring in mutual aid from surrounding towns.
A half-hour later, Deering fire officials reported the main fire in the barn was contained and a minor extension of it to a second dwelling had gotten knocked down.
Initially, there were no reports of injuries either to residents or first responders, officials said.
Later Thursday night officials said all occupants of the home were safe and firefighters had prevented serious fire or smoke damage to the residence.
The fire caused local police to close Route 149, otherwise known as Deering Center Road, between Bowen School Road and Old Country Road.
Traffic was being detoured, officials said.
Deering police officials reported all the four-legged animals managed to escape the fire, but some chicken died in the blaze and the family lost its hay crop in the barn.
On social media, nearby barn owners were making offers of temporary barn space for any surviving animals.
According to Deering property records, Harriet Antis owns this 1980-circa home with about 2,400 square feet of living space, along with its large barn.
The two-and-a-half-story clapboard home has three bedrooms, one and a half baths and is assessed currently at $185,000.