WILMINGTON — Nancy LaBlanc and J. Scott Avery were moved into action Monday morning when flames devoured their pole barn and threatened their horses.
The Hardy Road residents saw fire erupting from their wood furnace at about 6:40 a.m. and called 911 as the blaze began to consume the nearby barn, which was filled to the rafters with dry, seasoned hardwood used to fuel the furnace.
The barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, but crews from the Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay and Lake Placid fire departments were able to stop the blaze from spreading to the horse barn just 10 feet away, Wilmington Fire Chief Luis Adragna said.
The flames were so close they were melting the windows, he said.
The pole barn was completely destroyed, as was a nearby Honda Element.
The homeowners, who are insured, let the horses loose before the fire got too close and none were injured.
But, Adragna said, the animals “were pretty anxious” as the flames whipped nearby.
Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish said the cause of the fire was accidental but still under investigation.
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