BIDDEFORD — On Tuesday, a fire on River Road was contained primarily to a barn and caused only minor damage to the attached home, said a spokesman from the Biddeford Fire Department.

Captain Norman Melancon said multiple calls reported the fire at 25 River Road shortly after 3 p.m.

He said when firefighters responded to the scene “a great amount of smoke was showing and they found the barn was on fire.”

No injuries resulted from the fire, said Melancon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said, and investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are expected to examine the scene today.

However, said Melancon, “There is nothing suspicious about the fire.”

According to the city’s online assessing database, Caroline Varney owns the home and barn, which were built in 1780.

The buildings and land are appraised at $321,000.

The property has been the home of the Academy of Dance for 11 years. Caroline Varney previously owned a dance studio in New York, accordong to the dance academy’s website.

A GoFundMe site has been set up by supporters for folks who wish to help the family of eight at: http://www.gofundme.com/j9n1cw

Fire departments from Biddeford, Saco and Goodwin Mills responded to the scene, Melancon said.

— Staff Writer Dina Mendros can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 324 or [email protected]



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