A Gorham family is grieving the loss of several of their dairy cows, as well as their barn after a scary fire in Gorham Tuesday night.

Was Anything Damaged Besides the Barn?

In cases like this, I guess you focus on the positive. At least 50 cows survived the fire at the Flaggy Meadow Farm because they were out in the pasture when it started. None of the people on the farm were injured. And firefighters were able to limit the fire to the barn, so two houses and several outbuildings on the property weren't damaged.

How Bad Was the Fire?

But the hard truth is that the Young family still lost a lot. The historic barn was completely destroyed. A few of their cows died. And now they're faced with the overwhelming task of clearing the burnt-out debris and rebuilding the barns to protect the cows that survived. This is their livelihood so, while it could have been worse if the cows had been in the barn, it's still a devastating loss.

How Can People Help?

So the Gorham community is now stepping up to help out their neighbors who have lost so much. Nearby farms have taken in the surviving cows, who have shelter and are getting milked regularly, according to a post on Flaggy Meadow Farm's Facebook page.  A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations. In addition, checks can be mailed to:

Flaggy Meadow Farm

172 Flaggy Meadow Road

Gorham, ME 04038

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office will be on the scene of the fire this week to try and determine how it started.

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