Fire destroys Buildings and $50,000 – 100,000 in farm equipment at Beaver Brook
Update: Beaver Brook Fire Recovery
While there is no news to report on the cause of the fire we want to update you on the progress being made in Beaver Brook’s recovery from it. Our insurance adjuster estimated the replacement cost of the 25 pieces of equipment lost in the fire to be about $61,200. Because of the deductible and depreciation of the equipment they have sent us a check for $47,300, a reasonable settlement but still $13,900 shy of the cost of replacing the equipment alone. Construction of a new storage shed and some enhanced security equipment will of course cost Beaver Brook much more.
On a positive note, when the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation read of our fire loss they sent an unsolicited check for $1000. Many Beaver Brook friends and neighbors have also graciously responded to our Fire Recovery Fund with donations for a total of $8500 to date. Our recovery from the fire is continuing with each earmarked donation and all such gifts will be used only for those expenses.
We welcome additional donations to cover the remaining costs and as always your support of Beaver Brook is very greatly appreciated. All contributions to the Fire Recovery Fund are fully tax deductible. Thank you for your help with our recovery efforts.
Fire Update June 2, 2016
Thank you to all the generous donors who have come forward to date. Our cleanup will begin soon.
Fire Update May 14, 2016
In response to our posting of last Saturday’s fire at Beaver Brook we have received many messages sent expressing your sadness for our loss of the sheds and equipment. Thank you for your concern. Six snow plows, a sander, a chipper, a snow bucket, two harrows, three boats, and three mowers are among the list of items destroyed by the fire which is still under investigation. While we hope that insurance will cover some of our loss, our settlement will be significantly less than the replacement costs of the sheds, the equipment, and the security enhancements that will need to be made. Because of that, we have started a Fire Recovery Fund and designated tax deductible donations will be earmarked for that purpose. Donations may be made online or via check. The acquisition of winter equipment is not as urgent, however the summer items need to be replaced very soon. Beaver Brook Association thanks you for your loyal support, both moral and financial, as we move forward from this unfortunate incident.
May 9, 2016
It is with regret that we share news that around noon on Saturday, May 7th a fire at Beaver Brook destroyed two storage sheds and their contents. Unfortunately, a great deal of seasonal equipment was stored there for the summer so the loss was substantial. Because of its suspicious origin the incident is being investigated by both the Hollis Fire Department and the Hollis Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this fire is urged to contact the Hollis Police Department at 603-465-7637. As always, thank you for your support as the investigation proceeds. We will be updating the community again as soon as more information becomes available.
Beaver Brook is a non-profit (501c3) land conservation and nature education organization based at 117 Ridge Road in Hollis.