Blacksmith barn burns at Cumberland County Fairgrounds

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CUMBERLAND — Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a Cumberland County Fairgrounds blacksmith barn early Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Dan Small said his department received the call around 5 a.m. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down within 10 to 15 minutes, but were on scene for an hour, he said. Crews from Falmouth and Yarmouth assisted.

The cause of the fire was undetermined, Small said. He estimated damage could cost as much as $40,000.

A trailer immediately adjacent to the building also burned.

Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to two nearby barns that contained horses, and no people or animals were injured.

“The crews did a great job of protecting those other buildings,” Small said.

Fair President Bruce Flanigan said the barn was being rented by local blacksmith Arthur Davignon. Davignon could not be reached for comment Tuesday morning.

Flanigan said the fair board would meet Tuesday night. Asked about the possibility of moving Davignon to another building, Flanigan said, “We will certainly look at that. … If we can make it work, we will.”

Small said the barn was near the rear parking area of the fairgrounds.

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Firefighters battled a blaze in a blacksmith barn at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds early Tuesday morning.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.