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Only the main barn was insured, Breitling Navitimer Montbrillant BT-4 Tiffany, who runs the farm with his wife, son, daughter and son-in-law. He estimated he lost about $8,000 to $10,000 worth of hay, about $3,000 to $5,000 worth of old equipment, and an unquantifiable amount on a historic building tinged with memories.
But Tiffany, like the practical New Breitling Navitimer Quartz BT-195 farmer he was, appeared intent on not dwelling on the loss. There were other chores to tend to, after all: cutting the corn and the hay on the farm, at 156 Sterling City Road, which dates back to the 1700s and has been in Tiffany's family since 1848.
The fire occurred around 8 p.m. Tuesday. Lyme Fire Chief Pete Adams said that night that the farm is in view of the fire station, where members happened to be attending a meeting when the first alert went out.
Despite the immediate response, the flames were 30 feet high when firefighters arrived, Adams said. Fighting the fire was limited to a strictly external and defensive attack, Adams said, Breitling Navitimer Quartz Chrono BT-177 that hay and hay dust burn rapidly.
Tiffany's daughter Hannah Schillawski said she was at a school function at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School when she got a call from her husband, David.
The heat from the fire melted the cable television and phone lines on Sterling City Road, Tiffany said, and the power company shut off power to homes on that road while firefighters tackled the blaze. On Wednesday the smell of smoke still clung to the air, and burnt pieces of wood and hay lay strewn where the full structure once stood.
Tiffany is familiar with the financial Breitling Navitimer Quartz Chrono BT-178 that come with being a dairy farmer in a time of declining wholesale milk prices and rising operational costs. In late 2006, Tiffany was so behind on payments on his property tax, grain bills and veterinary expenses that he worried he wouldn't have enough money to buy grain in the coming spring.