EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 20, 2013

Blaze destroys Kingston barn, kills chicks

Kingston blaze destroys barn, kills chicks

By Doug Ireland

---- — KINGSTON — Flames tore through a barn on Exeter Road yesterday afternoon, burning it to the ground.

A neighbor and passer-by rescued three goats, but some baby chicks died in the blaze, according to police Chief Donald Briggs.

Approximately 35 firefighters from six departments responded to the fire at 110 Exeter Road about 1:20 p.m., bringing it under control in about half an hour, Deputy fire Chief Rick Fowler said. A nearby home was unscathed.

There was so much fire damage, Fowler said, it was difficult to determine what was inside the 400-square-foot barn.

“There is nothing recognizable,” he said. “Everything is gone.”

Neighbor Peter Bakie and passer-by Ryan McFadden reached the barn in time to let out three goats, Briggs said. McFadden called 911.

The goats suffered burns, but were not seriously injured, Briggs said. A veterinarian was called to treat their burns, he said. Briggs did not know how many chicks died.

Fowler said the fire is not believed to be suspicious.

High winds caused the fire to spread to nearby grass, but did not reach a home about 100 feet away, Fowler said. There was no one home at the time, Briggs said.

Town records show the 4.5-acre property is owned by Jared Fish. A one-mile section of Exeter Road was closed for more than an hour and traffic diverted, Briggs said.

Police and firefighters responded from Kingston, Newton, Exeter, East Kingston, Fremont and Brentwood.