BARNET — The Vermont home of musician Neko Case, owned by Cobb Timber LLC, was badly damaged in a fire Monday night.

Reported at around 9:30 p.m., the fire had consumed an adjacent barn and was spreading to the 225-year-old farmhouse when firefighters arrived. It could be seen from miles away.

“I could see the glow in the sky from West Barnet,” said Barnet Fire Capt. Chris Bunnell.

Responding departments contained the fire to the home’s southern half, which took heavy damage. The barn was destroyed.

The fire was called in by a caretaker, who safely evacuated the home on Groton Road with three dogs. No injuries were reported.

Case was reportedly out of the country when the fire struck.

Nine departments responded to the fire (Barnet, Peacham, Monroe, Danville, Ryegate, Groton, Wells River, North Haverhill and Woodsville) as well as Calex Ambulance and the Red Cross. It took them nearly two hours to knock down the flames.

“Peacham Fire arrived first on scene [and] reported a fully involved barn fire which had gotten into the house,” said Barnet Fire Assistant Chief David Shields.

Firefighters established a fire break between the barn and the home, and then used a combination of interior and exterior firefighters to halt the blaze’s advance midway through the house. Early efforts were also focused on protecting a propane tank located at the rear of the home.

The home and barn had been featured in Country Living magazine. The home was built in 1787, featured a customized kitchen, and was furnished with one-of-a-kind vintage items. The house and barn contained multiple pianos.

Case is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter who has released eight solo albums, as well as seven albums with The New Pornographers.

The cause of the fire is unknown. A state fire investigator will arrive on scene today.


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I'm disappointed you weren't able to accommodate a public figures request to keep her specific address put of the article, I would have called with an expletive laden rant should my home have been burned and been thousands of miles away and lost everything too. Why not just tell everyone it's time to loot what she has left. The address had no relevant interest in this story other than to be salacious and sensational and upset Ms Case. How would you react if your home was advertised as ready for looting. Shame. The additions to the original fire story of how Ms Case reacted to your publishing her address is childish and shameful.

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