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July 01. 2013 7:54PM

Warner home devastated by fire


This home at 73 Old Main St. in Warner was nearly leveled by fire early Monday morning. (DAN SEUFERT)

WARNER — One firefighter suffered a minor case of heat exhaustion while fighting a three-alarm fire that badly damaged a home at 73 Old Main St. early Monday morning.

Flames were reported at the two-story home of Julian Locke by a cell phone caller at about 3 a.m., said Fire Chief Ed Raymond.

When fire crews arrived at the scene, they couldn't do much to save the home.

"It was fully involved when we got there, we couldn't save it," Raymond said.

The extent of the damage was so severe that fire investigators don't know where the fire started, much less how it started, he said.

"The whole building, particularly one end, burned completely, we don't know where to start," Raymond said, adding that investigators from the state Fire Marshal's Office had been called to the scene.

One firefighter, who Raymond did not identify, was taken to Concord Hospital suffering from a mild case of heat exhaustion. The injured firefighter returned to the scene to observe later in the morning, he said.

"He's fine," Raymond said.

Locke and his family were on vacation overseas and the home was not occupied at the time of the fire, Raymond said. They were expected to return home late Monday or Tuesday, and they have been put in contact with the Red Cross for shelter, he said.

The fire was under control within an hour, and firefighters were on the scene until about 9:30 a.m., he said.

Fire departments from Webster, Contoocook, Salisbury, Boscawen, Henniker, Bow, Sutton and Bradford joined town firefighters in battling the blaze.

dseufert@newstote.com


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