Fire destroys barn

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A fire destroyed a barn at a farm on Aug. 26 about five miles southwest of Andover, said Chief Torre Raap of the Andover Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to the Richard Voss farm at about 6:30 p.m., after smoke was spotted coming out of the hay loft, Raap said.

The barn was engulfed in flames when on arrival, he said. A decision was made to hose down a nearby residence to prevent the fire from spreading, since the barn was already lost.

No injuries were reported.

The residents who lived next to the barn, Brad Morehouse and his son, Jesse, were able to drive a vehicle and a camper away from the barn before the flames spread too far, Raap said.

It was reported that there were explosives and flammable liquids in the barn so the Groton Fire Department and Bristol Fire Department were called for mutual aid, he said.

There was a propane tank in the barn, but though it was warped, it did not explode, Raap said. He said he the tank was probably empty.

An electrical short is the suspected cause of the fire, but it was not confirmed, he said. He doubts the department will investigate the cause.

Firefighters spent about two hours containing the fire.

– Reporter Scott Feldman