Fire destroys Wilmington pole barn, SUV

Fire destroyed a pole barn in Wilmington and a sport-utility vehicle early Monday morning. (Editor’s note: This has been corrected to reflect that the SUV was not inside the pole barn.)

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 485 Hardy Road at 6:42 a.m., according to Essex County Emergency Services Director Don Jaquish.

“(The pole barn) was totaled,” he said. “A car – a Honda Element – was also lost.”

The property where the barn was located is owned by Nancy LaBlanc and J. Scott Avery, Jaquish said.

The fire has been deemed accidental, but the cause has not yet been determined, Jaquish said.

“There were outdoor wood boilers adjancent to the structure,” Jaquish said. “But it’s not known if they had anything to do with it.”

Firefighters from Wilmington, Lake Placid, Jay and Upper Jay responded to the blaze. No injuries were reported.

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