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Charlestown family hospitalized after fire

Union Leader Correspondent

December 20. 2013 3:26PM

CHARLESTOWN -- A family of four were hospitalized Friday morning for treatment of smoke inhalation after a fire destroyed their mobile home.

Firefighters were called to Morways Mobile Home Park off Lover's Lane around 1:50 a.m., Charlestown Fire Chief Charlie Baraly said Friday.

Police on the scene reported the trailer was fully involved, so Baraly upgraded the fire from one-alarm to two-alarm, he said.

The residents, owners Wayne and Peggy Simoneaw and their 20-year-old daughter and 25-year-old son, had been sleeping when the fire started, but were out of the home when firefighters arrived, Baraly said.

Two family pets, a dog and a hamster, also escaped the fire.

All four residents were hospitalized for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Friday afternoon, Baraly said Wayne Simoneaw was still in the hospital for treatment.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire, but it does not appear to be suspicious, Baraly said.

The mobile home was completely destroyed and mobile homes on either side of it sustained minor siding damage.

Firefighters from Langdon, North Walpole, Walpole and Springfield, Vermont, responded to the scene with man-power and equipment.

Claremont firefighters covered the Charlestown fire station during the response.

Because the mobile home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived they had to act quickly, he said. Firefighters quickly knocked down the blaze in about 45 minutes, but were on scene till about 6:30 a.m. making sure all hot spots were out.

“The firefighters on the scene did a fabulous job,” Baraly said.

The Red Cross has been notified to provide shelter for the family.

Public Safety Charlestown

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