Barn destroyed in fire

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WESTMINSTER — A barn filled with hay burned down Sunday afternoon.

"It went quickly," said Roger Lockerby, owner. "I mean, a matter of minutes."

Lockerby said horses were already out in the yard when the fire started but he had to chase a bull out of the barn. He said the bull tried to get back in but he was able to get the animal out.

Two chickens were still unaccounted for at the time of the interview.

Firefighters saved a smaller barn holding harnesses, a sawdust bin and hay. They also saved a toolbox. Other tools, a chainsaw and harnesses were lost in the fire.

Lockerby said he has insurance on the barn but did not know the extent of what would be covered.

"Hope for the best," he said.

The plan is to rebuild. The barn had been constructed in 1971 by Lockerby's father.

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Lockerby was surrounded by family at the scene.

Westminster Fire Chief Cole Streeter said he would have to talk with Lockerby to try and determine a cause.

"They'll have to find out somehow," Lockerby told the Reformer.

He said the upper and lower floors were both filled with hay.

Streeter said flames could be seen coming from the roof when he arrived at the scene.

Two houses were further away so they were not too much of a cause for concern for firefighters. Streeter said water supply had been the biggest issue; the size of the fire required a lot of water.

Fire departments assisting the Westminster department at the scene came from Saxtons River, Rockingham, Putney and Walpole, N.H. Golden Cross Ambulance also was at the scene. Windham County Sheriff's Office closed part of Westminster West Road, which leads to the property.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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