Monday, January 18, 2010

Burnett Barn in Brookhaven, NY Destroyed by Fire

The historic Burnett Barn in Brookhaven hamlet was destroyed by fire Monday evening, January 18, 2010.
The barn was originally a part of the Burnett Farm. This barn was constructed about 1900, likely replacing another barn on the farm. It was one of the few remaining barn structures in the Hamlet -- once largely a farm community, and is typical of the small farm barns of the late 19th, early 20th centuries. It had been used for many informal community events, and most recently as the centerpiece of the HOG (Hamlet Organic Garden).

When I first realized that the fire department was responding to my neighborhood, I looked out the windows to see if I could see anything. Flames were leaping into the air some 60-70 feet at what I thought might be the Burnett barn. By the time I got my shoes on, found the camera, and got out the door (maybe 3-4 minutes), the fire department had already knocked the flames down considerably.

But it was clear that the building was totally involved when they arrived.

Even though they quickly brought the fire under control, it regularly flared up again. It was clear that the building was not safe to enter, and there were several rooms and a partially concealed attic space.

I'll get more pictures tomorrow.


Adele Michelsen said...

Wow, this is SO sad. Betty's Red Barn was iconic to Brookhaven, as much as she was. They will both be missed dearly.
Adele Michelsen
(formerly of Old Stump Rd.)

Anonymous said...

How awful. I hope the town and historical society and all the community members who appreciated this special place, will rebuild it in its original style, but perhaps a whole lot safer! Maybe it could be done with vintage woods and techniques...but modern electrical and plumbing and insulation! All it takes is grass roots support.
Wendy Fages
a Burnett Relative

ajlounyinjurylaw said...

Sad, and probably a shock to see it happen in your own neighborhood. Something we never think can happen.