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Fire Destroys Barn Visited By Presidents At Historic Scamman Farm In Stratham, New Hampshire

STRATHAM, N.H. (CBS) - A massive fire spread to two barns, destroying one, on an historic family-run farm in Stratham, New Hampshire overnight. It started just before 11 p.m. Monday at Scamman Farm on Portsmouth Avenue.

A passerby called it in. Stratham Fire Chief Matt Larrabee was the first firefighter to arrive and they needed help.

"In the town of Stratham, we have rural water, that's why we called the third alarm to get enough tanker trucks here from surrounding communities to help shuttle water from a couple different locations throughout town," he told WBZ-TV.

"The barn is over 100 years old," Larrabee said. "In that barn contained some chickens, goats and some other pigs and stuff. We released as many animals as we could."

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Scamman Farm the day after the barn fire, May 11, 2021. (WBZ-TV)

The chief said no one was hurt, but according to Seacoast Online, 300 chickens were lost in the fire. There's no word yet on a cause.

The farm was created in 1776 and the Scamman family took over in 1972. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in April 2019.

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The fire at Scamman Farm May 10, 2021. (Photo credit: Stratham Fire Dept.)

"Everyone is safe, our family is safe! Thank you to everyone for the kind words and most importantly Thank you to all of the fire fighters that put themselves on the line to keep everyone safe," the farm said in a message posted on Facebook.

"Thankful to hear Doug, Stella, and Kyle are safe after losing their historic barn last night," Governor Chris Sununu tweeted Tuesday.

"The Scamman Farm has been a bedrock in southern NH for generations. We wish them all well as they rebuild to the future."

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination June 2, 2011 at Scamman's Bittersweet Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

The owners have hosted Republican candidates for president over the years, including Mitt Romney in June 2011 when he announced his candidacy. President George W. Bush visited in August 2004 and President George H.W. Bush was there in 1992.

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