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

A firefighter attacks a swift-shifting blaze Tuesday that wrecked a Farmingdale home undergoing renovation in Farmingdale. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

FARMINGDALE — A swift-going hearth wrecked a barn and home Tuesday afternoon that was under renovation and nearing completion on Northern Avenue.

The operator of the property claimed it was not becoming lived in. No one particular was harm as the construction employees at the web site, who claimed the fire to authorities, manufactured it out unharmed.

John Jaques, proprietor of the residence, is a serious estate agent for Keller Williams Realty and was in the procedure of flipping the 122-calendar year-outdated property. He’d bought it a couple months in the past and was acquiring it renovated to be resold.

He stated it was nearing completion and was only months away from being absolutely renovated and all set to be place on the market place.

“It was searching seriously very good,” he stated of the less than-renovation home at 594 Northern Ave. “It was a good residence. It had a tin ceiling. I’d just place a master suite in.”

Jaques was not at the dwelling when the fire broke out but went to it right after a employee called him, right after calling for the fire section. He could see the flames from the highway as he manufactured his way there.

He reported the fire appeared to start off in the barn, then distribute to the household. 3 carpenters and two plumbers have been functioning on the dwelling at the time of the hearth, Jaques said, introducing that the creating had been transformed into a 4-bed room, two-toilet house.

The dwelling was insured, the owner reported, and was designed close to 1900.

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

Firefighters remained at the scene Tuesday afternoon, putting out hotspots and extinguishing a few parts where the flames experienced unfold into the encompassing woods. At minimum one Maine forest ranger helped out. Jaques’ tractor, which was parked following to the barn, also appeared to catch on fire.

Contents of the residence most likely dropped to the hearth provided an substantial variety of equipment, as well as cupboards and new fixtures in the residence.

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

Mike LaPlante, assistant fire main in Farmingdale, said firefighters could see smoke from as far absent as Augusta. It was thoroughly engulfed in tall flames when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters rotated tanker trucks to the web site to present h2o, which they shuttled from the closest hearth hydrants a pair miles up the highway.

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

“This is what it seems like when you’re out of the hydrant district,” LaPlante reported of bringing in vehicles comprehensive of h2o from off-web-site. “We tried out to hold the road open, for the water offer.”

An investigator from the Business of Point out Hearth Marshal responded to the scene to attempt to establish the bring about of the blaze.

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