Neubig Farm Barn Burns to the Ground [VIDEO]

For the second time in three months East Haven Firefighters have been called to fight a blaze on the vacant Barberry Road property.

UPDATE at 10:15 p.m.

The dark black plume of smoke could be seen as far away as Branford and New Haven when a barn on the Neubig Dairy Farm along Barberry Road in East Haven went up in flames Friday evening.

There were no reported injuries of residents or firefighters in relation to the blaze, which was first reported at 7:38 p.m. And there were no animals housed in the barn, which had been vacant for some time.

It is the second time this year have battled a significant fire at the farm. An there on May 11. 

Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Licata told East Haven Patch at the scene the fire was a particularly difficult one to battle, due to the fact there was no nearby water source for the department's hoses.

"The area we're working in has no hydrants… so there's about 2,700 to 2,800 feet of hose line connecting the trucks that are operating at this fire, with the closest fire hydrant down on Borelli Road," Licata said of the almost half mile of hose.

He added that East Haven received mutual aid from the North Branford and North Haven fire departments at the scene, with North Branford providing use of one of its tanker trucks.

"And that's what's really supplying the bulk of the water supply for the fire right now," Licata said of the East Haven and North Branford tankers.

The assistant chief said the main body of the fire was knocked down a little bit before 9 p.m. Fire crews will be on the scene for much of the evening, however, making sure any embers are out.

"It's under control but we're going to be here a while wetting down a lot of spots," he said.

Licata added department leadership was also making sure the firefighters were staying properly hydrated due to today's mix of heat and humidity.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

UPDATE at 9 p.m.

The fire is under control shortly before 9 p.m. Patch will post a full story soon.

ORIGINAL STORY (Posted at 8:07 p.m.)

A large barn on the Neubig Farm is on fire in East Haven at Borrelli and Barberry roads. Multiple fire departments from neighboring towns were called to assist.

It is reportedly fully involved "end to end."

People are lined up watching the fire from across several pastures. The fire call came in as North Haven, but residents are saying the property is in East Haven.

WTNH is reporting the address as 151 Barberry Road.

Editor's note: Patch originally reported the fire was in North Haven.

Richard Poulton July 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM
I believe WTNH is wrong as to the address. Neubig owns 4 parcels of land on Barberry Rd, # 82, shown as vacant residential land, # 110, which had the old cow barn on it, a house at #142 and #193 down as vacant land.
Julie Weisberg July 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Richard: Thanks for your comment. It was the same parcel that had the shed burn down in May, which was reported at that time as 110 Barberry. Standing from the road, the shed would have been to the right of the barn that burned down last night. And Assistant Chief Licata did tell me it was the same property. Maybe the parcels abut one another though, even with the different addresses? I'm not familiar with the properties and how they lay out. However, I meet with the Fire Chief Jackson first thing Monday morning on an unrelated interview. So I'll see if I can get some clarification then.
Richard Poulton July 14, 2012 at 01:01 PM
No problem. If what burned down was the 202' X 36' quonset type structure,a one time cow barn, it is 110 Barberry Rd.
Julie Weisberg July 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Richard: The barn was located on the same parcel as the fire earlier this year: 110 Barberry. Just wanted to let you know!
Kelli-Ann C. MacDonald July 01, 2013 at 09:25 AM
I am upset (understatement) to see what happened to a place to which I spent some time growing up on and knowing. I may not have got know it like a few other family memebers, still, I have lots of fond memories with the Neubigs and a huge attachment to the farm. I see the comments are all from last year (about this time), as I have learned about what happened within the last two months. I am catching up with time to look into what is going on. It hurts VERY much to see this happen and to learn of it when living outside of Connecticut. It brings me to tears.


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