This made me so sad. Such a loss for the owner and all fans of Louisa May Alcott. From SouthCoastToday.com:
By ARIEL WITTENBERG
January 27, 2013 12:00 AM
Deputy Fire Chief John Judson said the fire started in a shed that was detached from the house and continued burning until a propane gas tank in the shed exploded. The explosion awakened neighbors who alerted the Fire Department at 3:45 a.m. The historic house was already engulfed in flames when fire engines arrived on scene.
The cause of the fire was still being investigated Saturday afternoon, Judson said. The house, which has an ocean view, had been “winterized” and no one was home at the time of the fire.
On Saturday afternoon the entire house was charred by fire, with the front half of the house gutted from flames. The front yard was also blackened and burned. Icicles from the firefighting effort were hanging from every gutter.
Louisa spent many summers in Nonquitt in the latter years of her life. Here is a post describing those times with some intriguing photos.
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