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New Boston fire leaves member of the fire department homeless

Union Leader Correspondent

January 26. 2018 7:59PM
The fire is believed to have started in the chimney and spread into the walls of the Mont Vernon Road home. (Courtesy)

NEW BOSTON — A fire at a Mont Vernon Road home on Friday left a member of the town’s fire department homeless, according to fire officials.

Just before 3:10 p.m. the fire was reported as a chimney fire that had possibly extended into the home, according to Fire Chief Dan MacDonald.

When crews arrived, MacDonald said heavy smoke was coming out of the 11 Mont Vernon Road home, indicating that the fire had spread from the chimney to the structure.

MacDonald said he called for a second alarm response at that point to ensure there was enough water on scene.

“Water is always a challenge in the country because we don’t have a hydrant system,” he said.

MacDonald said they were able to find a reliable water source from the Piscataquog River behind the nearby New Boston Hardware store in the center of town.

The fire spread through the walls of the old house, making it difficult to fight as well, MacDonald said.

The fire was deemed under control about 90 minutes later, MacDonald said. Firefighters were on scene until shortly after 7 p.m.

Six other towns assisted New Boston: Mont Vernon, Francestown, Weare, Goffstown, Bedford and Henniker.

Route 13, the road the house sits on, was also shut down while crews were on scene fighting the fire.

The home is currently uninhabitable, but MacDonald said they are still working to determine just how much damage was done. There doesn’t appear to be any significant structural damage, he said.

No one was injured in the fire, MacDonald said.

The homeowner, who is a member of the New Boston Fire Department, will be staying with another member of the fire department for the night, MacDonald said.

The cause remains under investigation, but MacDonald said they found the point of origin and that it appears to have been a wood stove.

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