ATTLEBORO — A fast-moving fire destroyed a cottage and a recreational vehicle in an attached garage Monday morning at a farm on Oak Avenue.
Firefighters were called shortly before 11 a.m. to 39 Oak Ave., known as Countryside Farm, for a report of a structure fire. Crews arrived to find the building fully ablaze.
Neighbors said an elderly woman who lived there had left only a few minutes earlier.
The fire produced thick black smoke that covered the neighborhood where three horse farms are clustered together.
Workers and horse owners from neighboring farms rushed to move horses from a paddock into a barn so they wouldn’t panic and injure themselves in reaction to the fire.
“Horse people always help each other out,” said Rachel Kagan, a horse owner who works part-time at a neighboring farm and participated in the round-up.
No horses were injured as a result of the fire.
Horses have been kept in the neighborhood for generations, said Sandra Leclerc, owner of the nearby Guimond Farm.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.