Fire destroys old Taylor Farms home

Farm home on Fenway Avenue was built in 1897

The 115-year-old farm home on the Taylor Farms property on Fenway Avenue south of the local airport was destroyed by fire early Friday morning. (Photo by Cliff Buchan)

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

One of Forest Lake’s oldest homes was claimed by fire early Friday morning.

The farm home at 19480 Fenway Ave. N. was the original homestead home for the Taylor family. It was being occupied by a fifth generation of the Taylor family when it burned Friday morning.

Forest Lake Fire & Rescue was called to the structure fire on the Taylor Farms property south of the local airport at 12:15 a.m.

No one was at home at the time of the fire.

The farm home was built in 1897, said Dan Taylor, a son of the late Gene Taylor. Gene Taylor was born in the home and was the third generation of family members to live there.

Dan Taylor’s daughter Kelsey Taylor and her roommate, Alyssa Fetterly, were both gone when the blaze broke out. Dan Taylor said last week he was uncertain if any of the structure could be saved or if the family would have to rebuild from ground up.

Forest Lake Fire Chief Gary Sigfrinius said the fire first showed itself in an upstairs bathroom and then spread to the attic. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Mutual aid was provided on scene by the Wyoming Fire Department. A crew from the Hugo Fire Department was on standby status at the Forest Lake Fire Station during the fire fight.