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Laconia barn blaze causes estimated $1M in damage

LACONIA - Firefighters say a two-alarm blaze in a barn Sunday afternoon caused an estimated $1 million in damage.

Laconia Fire Capt. Kirk Beattie said his department responded to a report of a fire in a barn at 749 White Oaks Rd. at 1:23 p.m.

Fire crews found heavy smoke conditions and flames upon arrival, and struck a second alarm.

"There were two nearby structures that we were worried were also going to go up," said Beattie.

The additional structures were a residence and a second barn.

After about three hours on scene, fire crews were able to contain the blaze to the barn they believe it started in, which contained several pieces of landscaping machinery.

Beattie said the barn and the machinery inside were a total loss, and early estimates put the value at $1 million.

Beattie said two fire fighters suffered minor injuries, one a hand injury and another minor burns to his face, and both were treated at the scene.

Fire crews from Gilford, Belmont, Tilton, Franklin, Meredith and Holderness assisted at the scene.

Beattie said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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