Watch: Fire destroys 122-year-old Farmingdale house under renovation to be sold

Kim J. Clark

A firefighter assaults a swift-moving blaze Tuesday that ruined a Farmingdale property going through renovation in Farmingdale. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

FARMINGDALE — A swift-moving fire wrecked a barn and dwelling Tuesday afternoon that was less than renovation and nearing completion on Northern Avenue.

The owner of the property stated it was not remaining lived in. No one particular was hurt as the design employees at the web page, who claimed the fireplace to authorities, made it out unharmed.

John Jaques, proprietor of the home, is a real estate agent for Keller Williams Realty and was in the process of flipping the 122-12 months-aged residence. He’d acquired it a number of months back and was possessing it renovated to be resold.

He reported it was nearing completion and was only weeks absent from becoming entirely renovated and all set to be put on the market.

“It was wanting truly superior,” he said of the underneath-renovation residence at 594 Northern Ave. “It was a good house. It had a tin ceiling. I’d just set a learn suite in.”

Jaques was not at the home when the fireplace broke out but went to it immediately after a worker termed him, following contacting for the hearth department. He could see the flames from the freeway as he made his way there.

He said the hearth appeared to commence in the barn, then distribute to the home. A few carpenters and two plumbers had been doing work on the residence at the time of the fire, Jaques mentioned, adding that the creating had been transformed into a 4-bedroom, two-bathroom house.

The house was insured, the owner mentioned, and was crafted all over 1900.

The barn, which was to the rear of the home, was leveled by the fireplace, though all that remained of the adjacent house by 1:30 p.m. was a charred shell of burned picket wall remnants, with vinyl siding clinging to one facet twisted and melted.

Firefighters remained at the scene Tuesday afternoon, placing out hotspots and extinguishing a few parts where by the flames experienced spread into the surrounding woods. At the very least one particular Maine forest ranger helped out. Jaques’ tractor, which was parked up coming to the barn, also appeared to capture on hearth.

Contents of the house likely shed to the fireplace included an comprehensive variety of applications, as well as cupboards and new fixtures in the home.

Firefighters from Gardiner and several place departments responded to aid Farmingdale firefighters.

Mike LaPlante, assistant fire main in Farmingdale, mentioned firefighters could see smoke from as significantly away as Augusta. It was totally engulfed in tall flames when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters rotated tanker vehicles to the web page to give h2o, which they shuttled from the nearest fire hydrants a pair miles up the street.

A firefighter assaults a swift-relocating blaze Tuesday that destroyed a Farmingdale house undergoing renovation in Farmingdale. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

“This is what it appears to be like like when you are out of the hydrant district,” LaPlante reported of bringing in vehicles full of water from off-site. “We tried using to maintain the street open, for the water source.”

An investigator from the Workplace of Point out Fire Marshal responded to the scene to consider to decide the bring about of the blaze.

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