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Holliston Assisting Ashland at Town Line Fire

by Bobby Blair
January 21, 2018

Holliston firemen were called to the scene of a structure fire Sunday morning around 6:26 am at the Ashland/Holliston town line on Concord Street, Rt. 126. The blaze could be seen in the sky from the Holliston High School according to one local firefighter. Firetrucks lined the roadway from Holliston's Old Cart Path all the way into Ashland.during the early morning blaze. No other information is available at this time.

Updated: The assistance of the State Fire Marshal. Animal Control Officer, Wiring Inspector, and Board of Health have been requested at the scene. All but one Holliston Engine Company were back in quarters by 8:35 am

The following was pasted to Facebook on Sunday morning by Rebecca Brodie:

Brodie Farm Supporters:

Early this morning we learned that our barn was on fire and all of our animals had perished. We have no additional information. We are devastated by the loss and your calls / emails / and texts of support are the only thing holding us together.

While it is true that last week we were ordered by the MSPCA / Animal Rescue League / Holliston BOH to install heated water buckets and heat lamps, we have NO evidence that this is how the fire started. The MSPCA and Animal Rescue League are dedicated to caring for animals; this can be difficult during New England winters. We ask that our supporters not direct their anger toward these groups - while we have yet to hear back from them, we believe that they are equally heartbroken.

Thank you Holliston

Brodie came to the attention of Holliston officials in June of last year. The Board of Health held several meeting concerning Brodies care of animals at her 70 Lake Shore Drive residence, but Brodie failed to show at the meetings. Brodie was investigated for the keeping of anmals in her home, noise and noxious odors and the handling of manure and animal waste. A month later Brodie was investigated by the Ct. Department of Agriculture in Plymouth Ct. and an inspection found inadequate food and housing for four adult goats and five kid goats, Local Holliston officials had investigated concerns at the farm at 755 Concord Street as recently as January 7th.

 

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Comments (2)

Very sad to read about the loss of these poor animals. Also very MAD to read the CT Dept of Agriculture's report referenced above re: the barn owner from August 2017. Appalling.

- Mrs. M | 1/23/18 12:53 PM

This is quite a self-serving post considering the number of times that Ms. Brodie has been investigated for various issues regarding her care of animals, or lack of it. It's also interesting that she puts the blame on certain town officials for investigating/doing their job. She does everything right and they do everything wrong. While I have all the sympathy in the world for those poor animals, I have none for her. There is such a thing as having too many animals, weather it's ducks or horses. Too many animals leads to not enough or inadequate care, which I think is the case here. Man up, Ms. Brodie. You are the LAST person that should have animals. I hope those innocent, terrified animals, heard screaming by neighbors, rest in peace. Too bad you weren't there to hear that.

- Lisa Terry | 1/22/18 5:17 PM

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