PLYMOUTH (CBS) – Plimoth Plantation will remain open for business after a fire destroyed one of its buildings on Saturday morning.

Officials there say a chimney fire broke out at the Cooke House in the English village section of the plantation and quickly spread across the thatched roof.

“One of the staff persons here started a fire in the fire place. The fire in that fireplace spread into the chimney and spread onto the roof of the house,” Plimoth Plantation spokesperson Rob Kluin told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope.

Despite windy conditions, Plymouth firefighters were able to contain the fire to that building.

Firefighters were able to put out the flames in less than a half an hour, but the fire did cause significant damage to the hut.

“I saw a lot of smoke, saw some flames coming out of the back of the house.  By the time I got here to the field the whole top roof structure was on fire,” said Dave Tanner, the assistant director of facilities.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports

Only a handful of visitors were in the area at the time and no one was injured.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Museum staff says it could have been much worse if the fire spread throughout the mock village.  Other wooden homes were only a couple yards away.

A post on Plimoth Plantation’s Twitter account said, “We are very thankful that nobody was injured, and the fire did not spread to any other buildings in the English Village.”

“Another thing we’re very grateful for here is that none of our rare bred species of animals were affected,” Kluin told WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez.

Although the English Village section of the Plantation was closed for a short time, the museum remains open for all regular hours.

The plantation typically draws its largest crowds this time of year.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez contributed to this report.

Comments (10)
  1. Nosgood4me says:

    Me see thou didst not haveith a bucket brigade ?

    1. alan says:

      As unfortunate as the fire was…….. very funny comment!!

      Seriously though, the fire could have been much worse. Hopefully, the Plantation will use the event as a place in history and how difficult living in those times was.
      I am sure they will!!!!!

    2. gramps says:

      FEMA & MEMA, have been ‘deployed’ & help is on the way….


    3. abby/gramps says:

      Squanto and Samoset, along with local Indian Tribes are building temporary ‘Tee-Pee’s’ & are providing ‘Wampum Cards’ that can be used @ the ‘Wampanoag Mart’, their village trading ‘Tee-Pee’…..

      1. gramp's says:

        I agree with the Mick-Mac Indian Chief,….. ‘Big Mac’….. who’s quoted as saying, “The ‘White-Eyes’ are always looking for handouts, any excuse & they’re there with empty baskets & hands extended!…..

        We even gave them free tuition & taught them how to fish & grow corn…..This free stuff must ‘STOP’!….Kowabunga!

        It’s never ending!


        “Ke-mo sah-bee”, MY FOOT!

      2. gamps says:

        Those ‘White-Eyes’ are always looking for handouts, any excuse & there they are with empty baskets & hands extended! It’s never ending!…

      3. abby/gramps says:

        ‘Big Mac’ produced a ‘PSA’ for his people to watch!

  2. emom says:

    Curious and just a thought, Do they clean the chimneys on the plantation , Just like people do in their own homes. deposits build up and can cause these fires, I do hope they rebuild it , and maybe look at the chimneys of the other dwellings as well.

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