MERCER — A Mercer farmer lost a horse, three goats and most of his farming equipment in a barn fire.

Jason Hilton said his dog Lucy alerted him to the fire when she started barking at around 2 a.m. Monday

He saw flames coming out of the barn, built by his grandfather.

He tells the Morning Sentinel he went to the barn and opened the gates for the animals to get out, managing to save three calves and four goats. The horse and three goats were lost.

The barn was destroyed and Hilton says he also lost a tractor and haying equipment. He didn’t have insurance on the building.

Norridgewock Fire Chief Dave Jones says it was likely an electrical fire.

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