DAYTON — Fire destroyed a barn full of hay and an attached ell Friday morning but firefighters were able to save the main portion of the house.

Firefighters were called to 91 Union Falls Road at 8:30 a.m. and found the barn burning and flames extending into the two-story ell.

Crews worked to keep the fire from spreading further but were hampered by access to water and manpower, said Goodwin Mills Fire Chief Roger Hooper said.

Crews eventually were able to access a dry hydrant and lay 2,000 feet of large supply hose to a boat landing at the Skelton Dam on the Saco River.

Horses and pigs got out of the barn safely, though the building was destroyed as was the ell, which contained a kitchen, dining room and two bedrooms.

Two firefighters were treated and released form Southern Maine Medical Center for burns on their shoulders even though they were wearing their protective turnout gear, Hooper said.

“That barn was fully involved and it was hot and just the proximity of where they were, they got burned,” he said.

The cause is undetermined and the Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating, Hooper said.

The demand for firefighters and equipment drew crews from seven surrounding communities.


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