July 19, 2024


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

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

FARMINGDALE — A swift-going fireplace destroyed a barn and home Tuesday afternoon that was below renovation and nearing completion on Northern Avenue.

The proprietor of the home explained it was not currently being lived in. No one particular was hurt as the design workers at the website, who reported the fire to authorities, produced it out unharmed.

John Jaques, owner of the dwelling, is a true estate agent for Keller Williams Realty and was in the method of flipping the 122-yr-outdated house. He’d purchased it a couple of months in the past and was getting it renovated to be resold.

He claimed it was nearing completion and was only months absent from being totally renovated and completely ready to be place on the industry.

“It was looking really excellent,” he said of the beneath-renovation property at 594 Northern Ave. “It was a awesome residence. It had a tin ceiling. I’d just put a grasp suite in.”

Jaques was not at the property when the hearth broke out but went to it right after a employee identified as him, just after calling for the fireplace division. He could see the flames from the highway as he manufactured his way there.

He said the fireplace appeared to start out in the barn, then distribute to the residence. 3 carpenters and two plumbers had been performing on the residence at the time of the fire, Jaques said, including that the setting up experienced been transformed into a four-bed room, two-rest room house.

The household was insured, the owner stated, and was developed close to 1900.

The barn, which was to the rear of the house, was leveled by the fire, although 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 particular side twisted and melted.


Firefighters remained at the scene Tuesday afternoon, putting out hotspots and extinguishing a pair areas where by the flames experienced spread into the surrounding woods. At least a person Maine forest ranger helped out. Jaques’ tractor, which was parked up coming to the barn, also appeared to catch on fireplace.

Contents of the home possible dropped to the fire incorporated an in depth selection of tools, as well as cupboards and new fixtures in the home.

Firefighters from Gardiner and quite a few area departments responded to help Farmingdale firefighters.

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

Firefighters rotated tanker trucks to the website to present water, which they shuttled from the closest fireplace hydrants a pair miles up the road.

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

“This is what it appears to be like like when you’re out of the hydrant district,” LaPlante stated of bringing in vans full of water from off-web site. “We attempted to hold the street open, for the h2o supply.”

An investigator from the Office environment of State Fire Marshal responded to the scene to consider to establish the lead to of the blaze.

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