Berkshire Eagle 14 Sept 1963 LENOX BARN BURNS
week, at ^ Â° but found the toder fram structures nearest the Â· on Plunkett str eet here yesterday yesterday afternoon. The bams street engulfed in flames. The de- farthest from the street was Mr. ""--'=-- - Â· Â· - Â· agitation the new be Fire Destroys Lenox Barns Owners Purchased Former Horse Seven Years Ago "* " as- Mr, and Mrs. Lawrence Howitt, owners of the Seven resort, also on Plunkett Street. Three pieces of equipment and more than two dozen Lenox firemen rushed to the scene shortly 4:30 but found the The fire was first reported to the Fire Department by Mrs. William Lahart Sr. who lives o n Plunkett Street not far from the blaze. Firemen were still investigating investigating the cause of the fire late- last night. A hose was trained the smoldering ruins during the night and during the early morning hours today. Was Horse Farm According to Mrs Howitt she her husband had purchased the barns from Mrs. Howitt's brothers, Joseph, Harold and Emanuel Silverstein, Silverstein, about two years ago. Great Barrington cattledealer, Kaplan also owned the property at one time. The last time the barn was used and the property worked as a dairy farm was in the 1940s, when it was owned by the Whitemore family. Previously Previously it had been a horse farm. Mrs. Howitt said she and her husband bought the land to preserve preserve the rustic character of neighborhood. Occasionally t h Howitls permitted friends to horses in the barns. No animals were trapped in the fire yesterday. yesterday.