Newtown barn fire displaces family, horses
NEWTOWN — A family and nearly a dozen horses were displaced after a raging fire destroyed their home in the Botsford section of town early Thursday.
The fire was reported inside a barn at the Long Meadow Horse Farm, a 30-acre horse boarding stable at 34 Meadowbrook Road. Firefighters were dispatched at 4:51 a.m. and found the 927-square-foot barn fully engulfed in flames.
A man at the scene hours after the fire was out said the barn is “a total loss.”
The man — who did not want to provide his name — said he and two others, including his elderly mother, were on the upper level of the barn when they heard horses making noise downstairs and woke up to “We went down and started moving the horses out,” he said, adding that initial attempts to extinguish the flames were unsuccessful. “We couldn’t put the fire out with the fire extinguishers.”
“We tried everything,” his mother said.
All the horses got out safely, but the family cat, Lucille, died. Chickens ran off during the chaos.
All five Newtown fire departments responded, as well as companies from Stevenson and Stepney.
Murphy said the fire was knocked down by at least 6 a.m. and no one was injured.
Shortly after the fire was out, neighbors began coming by the farm with food, water, pet supplies and other things for the family — and Newtown’s Deana Rohan started a GoFundMe page to help them with “anything they need.”
“The family lost everything, including their car,” Rohan said.
The cause of the fire is unclear — and it may never be known, Murphy said.
“We know it started toward the middle of the barn on the ground floor, but I have no idea what caused it,” he said.
Because the barn was so badly damaged, Murphy said it’s going to be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause.
“I can come up with some theories, or I can tell you that it was not this or not that — but it’s very unlikely that I’m going to be able to say specifically what happened,” he said.
The town brought in an excavator Thursday morning to tear down the remnants of the barn.
The Meadow Brook Road property has been owned by Mainbrook Associates LLC since 2009, according to land records.