Dozens of Goats, Sheep Killed in N.H. Farm Fire


A family in Center Ossipee is cleaning up after a fire broke out at their farm Thursday morning.

No one was hurt in the three-alarm fire at a farm on Route 16B, but several animals were lost, owners said.

The family runs Agape Homestead Farms, where they produce goat cheese. They said about 20 goats were at the farm, and six were found alive. About 12 to 15 sheep may have been lost, along with several hens.

"We foster kids here," said farm owner Kevin Straughan. "We've adopted special needs kids, and it's our business, too. We have a cheese business, or had a cheese business. And it's also the home base for Agape Ministries, which is the food bank in the area."

Straughan said there were a few children inside the home when the fire started, but everyone made it out safely. The family also lost some food for the food bank and is seeking help from the community to replace supplies.

Investigators said they aren't sure how the fire started, but they believe it began in the barn.

Fire officials said it's unclear if the home can be saved.

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