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Historic Fire74 viewsSoot and insulation is smeared on every surface of the house, especially the sections closest to the fire. The Dexters are relying on the generous offers from friends and community members to clean up the house before progressing with the house move.
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Historic Fire64 viewsA piano was among the items in the house at the time of the fire. The Dexters have not yet determined if the heat from the fire has damaged the piano beyond repair.
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Historic Fire60 viewsTom Dexter surveys the column where the fire was set on ground-level.
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Historic Fire72 viewsThe wide pine floorboards were heavily damaged in the fire. Since floorboards like this are difficult to recreate, the Dexters will likely have to use salvaged materials to replace the floors in the fire-damaged house.
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Historic Fire61 viewsA view of the Weweantic River emptying into Buzzard’s Bay is a beautiful contrast to the burnt, raw edges of the damaged section on the house.
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Historic Fire69 viewsWicker furniture and other antique items of varying monetary and intrinsic value, were heavily damaged or destroyed by smoke in the fire.
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Historic Fire63 viewsTom Dexter uses a ladder to enter his 1690. Since the house is parked on temporary stilts, a ladder is the currently only way to enter the house.
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Historic Fire54 viewsVintage wallpaper depicting Victorian scenes lines an alcove in the upstairs of the house. The wallpaper is badly damaged by soot and will probably have to be removed.
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Historic Fire64 viewsThe origin of the fire was in the temporary wooden columns that the house was “parked” on. According to the state fire marshal, the fire was intentionally set, and is currently under investigation.
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Historic Fire65 viewsA view from the ground shows the damage done to the rear of the historically significant home. Captain Joshua Slocum, famous for sailing around the globe single-handedly, stayed as a boarder at the house in the early 1900s.
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Historic Fire62 viewsAlthough the structure suffered significant damage, Tom Dexter says that the building is still structurally sound. Susan Dexter said that, despite the damage, they are “more determined than ever” to save the building and annex it to their already-existing home at 366 Delano Road.
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Historic Fire67 viewsA large hole shows the damage from the December 4 fire. According to Tom Dexter, the fire could have been worse, but thanks to the fast response from the Marion Fire Department and the house’s insulation, the house is salvageable.
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