A fire destroyed the barn at Brandy McLean's hog and poultry farm outside of Delta Saturday, but she wants the public to know that Triple McLean Farms is still open for business.
Friends of McLean, a single mother of two boys, ages 8 and 13, have started a campaign to help her recover from the fire that leveled the 16-by-32 two-story barn and killed more than 800 chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. The building also contained her tools. It was a total loss.
McLean, 37, built the barn and the other buildings on the property out of pocket.
In a phone interview today from the farm, which is about 8 miles from Delta, McLean said she is still overwhelmed by the loss, but she has every intention of rebuilding. She also raises large black hogs. They were not killed in the fire.
She is the daughter of homesteaders Gary and Barb McLean, who have their own place south of the Tanana River, but won't be to get out until after breakup because of ice conditions.
An online fundraiser has started at the FundRazr webgsite, which can be found at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/3UfW1
For more information, call McLean at 460-0236. She has an account at Denali State Bank in the name of Triple McLean Farms into which donations can also be made.
The fire took place early Saturday, just after McLean returned from a trip to Anchorage where her youngest son, who was born with a heart defect, was getting treatment. She said she worked until about 2:30 a.m. and was awakened by a neighbor about four hours later who saw the flames.
McLean said she believes the fire may have started from a warming lamp she had used for the animals.
"She will need help with donations of building supplies, tools, and money to cover all expenses for rebuilding," said Alice Pharr, a friend of the family who set up to the "Recoop Triple McLean Farms" account on FundRazr.