Tuesday, February 28, 2006
After a farm has been abandoned the building suffers one of three fates. The farmhouse and outbuilding decay and collapse under their own pressure, sometimes helped along by a strong wind, they are demolished by heavy equipment or they burn to the ground.
The last fate is sometimes the result of arson, but it can also be burned down as a practice exercise for the local fire department.
The flames spread, licking and catching the interior and support beams. As the wood was reduced to charcoal the weight of the facade caused it to crash in, the whole front of the farmhouse landing across what was left of the first floor. All the floorboards have disintigrated, leaving the lightly damaged wooden structure suspended precariously over the basement space.