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April 19. 2013 1:14AM

Croydon home burns in two-alarm fire


A Croydon home was heavily damaged in a house fire Wednesday night. (MEGHAN PIERCE/Union Leader Correspondent)

CROYDON - It was a long night for firefighters who battled a two-alarm fire at 9 Sawyer Meadow Road Wednesday. The flames heavily damaged a home and kept firefighters busy well into the following morning.

Firefighters responded to the home at 11:29 p.m. for a report of a structure fire with explosions, Croydon Fire Chief Steve Rizza said.

The explosions turned out to be 20-pound propane tanks just outside the home, as well as ammunition stored inside the home, Rizza said.

The fire wasn't under control until 3 a.m., and firefighters were on the scene putting out hot spots until 6 a.m.

"The reason is the metal roof," Rizza said. "It really acts like an oven."

After investigating the scene with a state fire marshal, Rizza said late Thursday morning that the fire appears to have been accidental and caused by a woodstove.

The home had structural, fire and water damage.

The homeowners were not home when the fire occurred, and no firefighters were injured fighting the blaze, Rizza said.



mpierce@newstote.com


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