Community kindness and generosity helps rebuild Gouldsboro farm

GOULDSBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Two years after parts of it were destroyed by fire, a small farm in Gouldsboro is now going strong again.

More than 20 animals died when flames broke out inside a barn at Darthia Farm. However, the couple that owns it said everything would fall back in place thanks to their friend and neighbors.

Bill Thayer says he and his wife prepared for the worst when the fire leveled the barn two summers ago. The couple says flames engulfed the barn pretty quickly one night while more than 20 animals were inside. Unfortunately many of them including sheep, horses and calves all didn't make it out.

The Thayers say they never found out what caused the fire but guess it could have been sparked by heat lamps they kept inside the barn. Yet the couple says after the tragedy things quickly turned a corner.

Donations started pouring in from the community to help them build a new barn and get the farm back on its feet. Many of their neighbors even volunteered time to work on the project.

Bill Thayer says it's generosity that he and his wife will never forget.

"Probably the biggest decision I ever made in my life was to leave Massachusetts and leave a profitable business that I had and come here and lead a much better life," he said, "People in this community care about one another...and I care about this community and those people."

The couple guesses in all more than 1,000 people played a part in helping restart Darthia Farm.


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