Fires at Old Neubig Dairy Farm Under Investigation (VIDEO)

East Haven Fire Department — with mutual aid from North Branford, North Haven and Branford — was called Thursday afternoon to once again put out a fire at the former dairy farm.

Updated at 11:15 a.m. on Friday

East Haven Fire Chief Jackson has reported that

Updated at 5:45 p.m.

For members of the were called to battle a blaze on the old Neubig Dairy Farm property on Barberry Road near the North Branford town line.

This afternoon's fire occurred in the abandoned farm house that sits on the farm's 142 Barberry Road parcel.

The house stands just about 10 feet away from where , the first of the property's three fires this year.

The second fire on the former dairy farm, occured at the 114 Barberry Road parcel on July 13, and resulted in the old cow barn burning down to the ground — with a plume smoke that could be seen for miles.

Today's blaze was first reported at about 3:15 p.m. this afternoon.

When firefighters first arrived on the scene, smoke and flames were visible from the side of farmhouse.

Members of the North Branford Fire Department also assisted today in fighting the fire, providing two tanker trucks to help provide water and hose — as the immediate area has no nearby hydrants.

Additionally, North Haven and Branford fire departments provided mutual aid, manning East Haven fire stations while EHFD crews battled the Barberry Road blaze.

East Haven Fire Chief Douglas Jackson said it took about 30 minutes to put the fire out.

And some fire crews still remain at the scene ensuring any smoldering embers are completely extinguished.

When asked how the fire may have started, Chief Jackson said the cause of today's fire — like the other two before it — is now under investigation.

Jackson added that the Office of the State Fire Marshall and the have been assisting the EHFD with its investigation into the two previous fires, and will now do the same with the third.

It has been a busy recent stretch for the department, which is just coming off of heading the at the East Haven Town Beach.

And the heat and humidty this summer has also taken its toll on first responders.

"We could use a real nice calm stretch," he told East Haven Patch.

Update at 4:20 p.m.

The fire at the Neubig property has been knocked down. Fire and police are still on the scene.

Original Story (Posted at 3:30 p.m.)

East Haven Fire Department is Property near the East Haven and North Branford line along Barberry Road for a working structure fire. In addition to the July 13 blaze, there was also a . 

Command reports over the scanner the structure is heavily involved with smoke and flame showing.

is also responding for mutual aid.

East Haven Patch will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.

(Editor's Note: The address for the Aug. 9 fire was originally reported as 110 Barberry Road. The correct parcel address, however, is 142 Barberry Road. The correction was made Aug. 10 at 11:15 a.m.)

Matt Lyons August 09, 2012 at 07:33 PM
To damn hot for these guys to be fighting a fire in an abandoned structure. Hydrate frequently guys and take your time, no lives in immediate danger.
Lindsay E August 09, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Again? Have there been any results from investigations of the previous fires? This is down the road and it looks like the house is the building involved (adjacent to the shed that burned to the ground 2 or 3 months ago).
Richard Poulton August 09, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Thats one way to reduce your property taxes. If its the house I believe there will be nothing left except a small storage building.
Julie Weisberg August 09, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Richard: Today's fire was the farmhouse at 110 Barberry. The same spot where the shed burned down in May. Chief Jackson told me the first two, and now this third, are under investigation by the East Haven Police, the state fire marshal's office, as well as EHFD/Fire Marshall Moscato. Just an FYI.
Julie Weisberg August 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Everyone: Fire Chief Jackson has just reported that yesterday's fire has been ruled an arson http://patch.com/A-wP9x


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