Fire officials investigating cause of fire at Fryeburg Fairgrounds

Parts of the Fryeburg Fairgrounds went up in flames Tuesday night, destroying two large buildings and damaging six others on the property. (Chuck Rabon)

FRYEBURG (WGME) -- Two buildings were destroyed and six were damaged after a fire at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds Tuesday.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office will be on scene Wednesday to try and determine the cause of the fire.

Fryeburg Fire Chief Andrew Dufresne says the fire started inside the sheep barn, next to the cattle shed.

No animals were inside the structures at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.

Twenty surrounding fire departments were brought in for mutual aid, including excavators to knock the remnants of the buildings down.

With two buildings destroyed and six damaged, fire officials say crews worked tirelessly to prevent the fire from spreading to other structures but the flames were very intense.

"The sheep barn was about a 50 by 150 story in a half wood structure and it was fully involved and blowing out of the side behind me and extending rapidly, so it was a wind driven fire,” Chief Dufresne said.

Fryeburg Fair officials are asking that no one donate to any fundraisers. They have not endorsed any at this time.

They say they'll provide updates as they rebuild.

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