July fire destroyed house mid-renovation

Brierley family benefit supper, auction to be held Oct. 19

SEARSMONT — During the early morning hours July 29, the Brierley Farm on Route 3 in Searsmont caught fire and burned. 

The fire caused such extensive damage that the house was a total loss. 

Now, a benefit supper and auction is planned for Saturday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. at the new Searsmont fire station to help the Brierley family rebuild. 

David Marceau, a Searsmont selectman, is organizing the supper and auction for the Brierley family. 

The property where the fire took place was operated as a dairy farm for over 100 years, according to a press release, and most recently operated by Bruce and Harriett Brierley. 

Bruce has three decades of municipal service as a Searsmont selectman. 

The release noted Bruce had turned the farm over to his daughter, Kandace Niles and her fiancé, who planned to continue farming on the property. 

The couple were in the process of renovating the house and barn when the fire took place, the released noted, and Kandace was in the process, but had not finalized, of insuring the property at the time of the fire. 

Anyone willing to help with preparing food or donating money or items to the Brierley family can contact Marceau at david.marceau@fairpoint.net or 505-5131. 

An account has been established at Camden National Bank for the Brierley family. Anyone wishing to donate to the account can go to any Camden National Bank branch and donate to the “Brierley Farm Benefit Account.” 

Event Date: 

Sat, 10/19/2019 - 5:00pm