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Fire destroys barn at historic New Hampshire farm

May 11, 2021 GMT
In this image provided by Deanna Raymond, a barn at Scamman Farm, in Stratham, N.H., is engulfed in flames late Monday, May 10, 2021. The fire destroyed the barn at the farm that's been the backdrop for political events for Republican presidents and candidates through the years. (Lucas Dawson via AP)
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In this image provided by Deanna Raymond, a barn at Scamman Farm, in Stratham, N.H., is engulfed in flames late Monday, May 10, 2021. The fire destroyed the barn at the farm that's been the backdrop for political events for Republican presidents and candidates through the years. (Lucas Dawson via AP)
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In this image provided by Deanna Raymond, a barn at Scamman Farm, in Stratham, N.H., is engulfed in flames late Monday, May 10, 2021. The fire destroyed the barn at the farm that's been the backdrop for political events for Republican presidents and candidates through the years. (Lucas Dawson via AP)

STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) — A fire destroyed a barn at a New Hampshire farm that has been the backdrop for political events for Republican presidents and candidates through the years.

The fire burned down the largest barn at the Scamman Farm in Stratham. The fire broke out a little after 10:30 p.m. Monday. Fire crews from numerous towns responded. The cause of the fire is under investigation, the Stratham Fire Department said.

“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 owners said early Tuesday in a Facebook post.

In 2011, Mitt Romney announced at the farm that he was running for president. Former Presidents George W. Bush, and his father, George H.W. Bush, also had visited the farm.

Beverly Thomas, program director of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, said the former dairy barn had been a prominent local landmark since the 1830s. It most recently housed chickens, which were killed in the fire.

Damaged, but still standing, is another barn that dates back to 1750 and is believed to be the oldest structure on the property. It was restored last year.

“Historic barns are considered an endangered species and with each loss, we lose a tangible link to New Hampshire’s agricultural heritage,” Thomas said in a statement.

The farm was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019.