Updated: Monday, 14 Mar 2011, 7:02 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 14 Mar 2011, 3:00 PM EDT
Thompson, Conn. (WTNH) - A house, a barn and a garage were damaged in a fire at a farm in Thompson.
It happened just before Noon at 1147 Thompson Road. No one injured.
John Minarit has been farming this land for decades and now faces an uncertain future.
"I had built that in 1997 all by myself, so it's kind of hard to take right now," he said.
Minarit says he was eating lunch in the house when he noticed the garage had caught fire. Cardboard and wood chips inside fueled the flames.
"The fire was out in the stove when we went to eat and about twenty minutes a half an hour later it was all up into flames I lost my John Deere mower and everything," he said.
Doug Harper lives across the street and spotted the smoke and flames.
"The fire started engulfing the whole thing. He had wood chips in there. They had oil in there and within two to five minutes it went fully engulfed, shooting out the windows and everything," Harper said.
Doug Harper says firefighters had tanker truck troubles. Since there are no hydrants, firefighters had to run a hose to a nearby pond to get water on the fire. They may not have been able to save the garage but they were able to save the lock box in which Minarit kept all his important papers. Papers he hopes will now help him recover.