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Shelburne property sees 2nd fire in 3 days

Recorder/Paul Franz
The Goldthwaite home on Little Mohawk Trail burned to the ground early Wednesday morning.  The barn, still smoldlering in the background, was consumed by fire Saturday night.

Recorder/Paul Franz The Goldthwaite home on Little Mohawk Trail burned to the ground early Wednesday morning. The barn, still smoldlering in the background, was consumed by fire Saturday night. Purchase photo reprints »

SHELBURNE — An unoccupied house near the intersection of Little Mohawk and Patten roads was destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning, just three nights after a barn on the same property burned to the ground.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating whether the fires were caused by arson, according to Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for that office. The Shelburne Fire and Police departments are also investigating.

Robert Manners, captain of the Shelburne Fire Department and a selectman, said the fire was reported at 1:39 a.m. by a Skinner Road resident, who saw a red glow in the sky in roughly the same location where the barn fire had been on Saturday night.

Manners said firefighters initially thought the fire might have been a rekindling of Saturday’s barn fire. But when they arrived, they found the house to be fully engulfed in flames.

No one was living in the house at 256 Little Mohawk Road, which is owned by the Goldthwaite family of Shelburne.

Manners said family members told him that the house was built sometime in the 1870s.

Colrain and Buckland fire departments also responded to the house fire.

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