WINN, Maine — A two-story barn that housed a local pet washing and grooming business, as well as horse and pig stalls, was destroyed Friday by a fire, according to the chief of the Mattawamkeag Fire Department.
Fire Chief Mike Coombs said the barn fire at 444 Route 2 was reported shortly after 5:15 p.m. Friday, when an employee of Salmon Brook Grooming called for firefighters after seeing flames coming from a utility room.
The barn, owned by Melissa and Wayne Kimball, was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews from Mattawamkeag, Lee and Lincoln arrived, Coombs said. Medway firefighters provided station coverage while the fire was being extinguished.
“It was a beautiful barn,” Coombs said, adding that the roughly 75 foot by 40 foot structure was clad in cedar shakes. He said the owners began building it less than five years ago and completed it about two years ago.
The cause of the fire remained undetermined Sunday afternoon. Coombs said that while a mechanical or electrical problem are suspected, an investigator from the state fire marshal’s office was expected to visit the fire scene Monday.
Coombs said that one firefighter was injured when he was struck by a piece of machinery. The firefighter was treated at a local hospital and then released, he said.
While the employee was able to save the dogs that were at the shop when the fire broke out, two pigs that were in the barn died, Coombs said.