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July 09. 2013 7:43PM

2-alarm blaze destroys Farmington home

FARMINGTON — Firefighters are looking into what caused a two-alarm fire that destroyed a Hawthorne Hill Road home Monday night.

Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded to 59 Hawthorne Hill Road at 10:13 p.m. By the time firefighters arrived, heavy fire had enveloped the 2½-story home, according to Fire Chief Richard Fowler.

Fowler said firefighters sounded a second alarm to bring in additional fire trucks to transport water to the scene.

“We’re not in a hydrant district,” Fowler said, adding the fire was about four to five miles from the nearest water supply — a hydrant to the south in Rochester.

Fowler praised the residents for allowing the town to purchase a new fire engine, which responded to its first fire Monday, at Town Meeting earlier this year. He added the telescoping lights on the new vehicle were a crucial asset at the fire.

“It lit up the fire grounds like a football field,” Fowler said, adding the light enabled firefighters to safely move around and avoid debris or potentially dangerous areas.

“We appreciate all we get from the town. They’ve been very supportive of the fire department,” Fowler said.

Fowler said firefighters were able to prevent the fire from damaging a 1968 Ford and spreading to the nearby garage, which sustained some melted siding due to the heat from the home.

“The car and the garage were steaming, but the wind was going our way,” Fowler said. “If it wasn’t, we probably would have lost it.”

Fowler said the home, which was reduced to charred rubble, was insured.

Firefighters continue to investigate the cause of the fire, which is undetermined.

Fowler said crews were assisted at the scene by firefighters from Alton, Barnstead, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, Rochester, Strafford and Wolfeboro. He added Somersworth firefighters provided station coverage.

Although paramedics from Frisbie Memorial Hospital responded to the scene, Fowler said there were no injuries.

jquinn@newstote.com


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