Barn lost, two homes saved in Loudon 3-alarm fire
LOUDON — Firefighters from 13 towns made what Fire Chief Richard Wright called “a good save” in keeping a three-alarm barn fire from heavily damaging two nearby houses Tuesday.
When they arrived at 7027 School St. just after 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, fire crews found a 30-by-40-foot barn fully involved in flames, Wright said.
The barn was too damaged to save, he said, but it was attached to a home on one side, and a neighboring home was about 100 feet away.
Wright quickly called for a third alarm to bring enough firefighters to the scene to handle a potentially more serious situation.
“When I got there, I was concerned more about the home and a house next door, there were exposures and the fire could have spread,” Wright said.
A large group of the town’s firefighters — full-time and call firefighters — were at the station at the time, which helped, as did the home’s location, just down the road from the fire station.
Crews had a good water source, too, as they laid down 700 feet of hose to the nearby Soucook River. They used water and foam in fighting the flames, he said.
Firefighters stopped the flames in an ell of the home. A huge fire that had destroyed the barn damaged only a small area of the home over a kitchen, and went no further.
“The barn was so far gone, but we attacked the home from the south and the north, and we stopped it. It really was a good save,” Wright said.
The homeowner was outside the home, having been inside on the opposite side of the adjoining house when the fire broke out, he said.
He was not injured.
One firefighter suffered dehydration fighting the flames and was treated at Concord Hospital and released.
The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but the fire is not considered suspicious in nature, he said.
“It started in the middle of the barn, beyond that we don’t know the cause yet,” Wright said.
Town firefighters were joined by fire crews from Allenstown, Belmont, Boscawen, Bow, Chichester, Concord, Canterbury, Epsom, Laconia, Northfield, Pembroke and Pittsfield.