SACO – A four-stall horse barn burned in Saco on Tuesday, and while there were no horses inside, a dozen chickens perished.

The fire at 46 Boom Road was reported by two neighbors at 12:34 p.m.

Deputy Fire Chief Robert Martin said he was the first firefighter there and saw the two-story building in flames. The barn is located in an open, rural area and wind fanned the flames.

Firefighters were able to save a nearby storage building but the barn was a total loss, Martin said.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been notified and the case remains under investigation, but Martin said the damage was so substantial it would be difficult to determine the cause.