HEBRON – A historic farmhouse on Route 124 was in flames early Friday morning and firefighters from several towns were contending with problems arising from the cold.

The fire at Legendary Farm at 111 Buckfield Road was reported by a person driving past the scene about 10:15 p.m. A half-hour later, the entire house was in flames and sections of the roof were collapsing.

Hebron firefighters said they believed the house was unoccupied when it went up in flames. There were no reports of injury.

Former Hebron Academy Headmaster Richard Davidson and his wife, Helen, owned Legendary Farm, neighbor Bobbi Bumps said. The Davidsons were in the process of selling it, or had already sold it to neighbor Harold Brooks, she said.

She said Brooks, who owns Harold Brooks Construction, was at the fire scene.

The house is roughly a mile from the intersection of Route 119.

The two-story colonial was in flames, Bumps said at 11:15 p.m.

“Just the house is fully engulfed,” she said. “I don’t think anybody is living there.”

Hebron firefighters were assisted at the scene by crews from Norway and Paris, while departments from other towns responded for mutual aid. The firefighters on Buckfield Road were confronted with a frozen hydrant and other problems as they battled the blaze in temperatures in the single digits.

“I guess the trucks are out of water,” Bumps said at about midnight, after returning to her home from the scene a second time since the fire began. “They’re trying to chop a hole in the ice in a brook.

“The house is going to be gone. It’s still just burning. The roof is gone. I would say water is the problem,” she said.

“All the trucks are turned around in my driveway,” Bumps said. “And I’ve seen four trucks go up the road to get water and they haven’t come back.”

“The ell hasn’t burned. It looked like they were chopping a hole where the ell is,” she said. “I can see the house burning from here.”

The ell separated the house from a large barn, she said.

The Davidsons had owned the property for years, Bumps said. The farmhouse had five rooms downstairs and four bedrooms on the second floor, she said.

The stately set of buildings were used for a dairy farm by Richard Davidson for a while, Bumps said.

The Davidsons were residents of Hebron for more than 20 years before moving to New Hampshire in mid-December. He was headmaster of the private academy for many years, and she taught piano lessons to area children and served as organist and drama teacher for Hebron Community Baptist Church.

Staff Writer Mark LaFlamme contributed to this report.


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