CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Chicopee barn that was destroyed in a massive fire Thursday afternoon dates back more than 235 years, to the very birth of our nation.
Very little of the structure, which was built back in 1776, remains standing following Thursday’s fire. Among the items destroyed in the fire was a plaque dating back to the 1870’s, which was presented in recognition of the barn’s 100th anniversary.
Ronald Gipatrick’s family had owned the barn on Montgomery Street for many years.
Gilpatrick was out of town at the time of the fire. His daughter, Gisele, told 22News that the barn was a part of her childhood. They had animals there when she was growing up, and said that she will deeply miss it for all the memories it brought her.
“It was our growing up, it was where we played. We raised horses, we raised cattle, we raised pigs,” said Gisele Gilpatrick.
Prior to the fire, the barn was used as part of the family waterproofing business, which will go on, as much of their equipment was in trucks, and not the barn.
It remains unclear at this time just how the fire started.