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Building at historic Groton farm burns down

December 30, 2013

GROTON, Mass. (AP) — A four-alarm fire has destroyed a slaughterhouse at a Groton farm that’s been run by the same family since the 1720s.

The blaze at Blood Farm was reported at 2 a.m. Sunday.

It destroyed a building used to butcher cattle and pigs and also held a retail store.

No injuries were reported and the cause remains under investigation, although Fire Chief Joseph Bosselait says it does not appear suspicious.

Historians trace the Blood family ownership of the property to 1724. The farm is currently owned by Elliott “Barney” Blood Jr. and his wife, Doris, the fifth generation to own it. Elliott Blood is in his 90s.

The 8,500-square foot building burned dates to 1971.

The owner’s son, Dick Blood, says the building is a “total loss.”

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