Home » News » Public Safety
Three-alarm fire destroys Newbury business
The fire at the Contessa and the Cowboy, a furniture and interior design business at 2 West Province Road, near the Mount Sunapee traffic circle, broke out before 10 p.m. Saturday night and burned until almost 6 a.m. Sunday, Newbury Fire Chief Henry Thomas said.
When the first firefighters arrived, the fire was burning on the first floor. But Thomas said it quickly spread up the walls and into an unoccupied attic area. Additional alarms were sounded, eventually bringing crews from eight nearby communities.
"The attic was dead space," Thomas said. "The area was not accessible, we had to cut holes in the building and in the roof to get to it."
The building housed a furniture store that also provided upholstery and interior design services. Thomas said stuffed chairs and sofas and interior design supplies burned inside the building.
"We had plenty of water, that was never a problem," Thomas said. "But we can only let (firefighters) stay inside for so long before we have to pull them out and send others in."
In addition to Newbury, firefighters from Bradford, Goshen, Newport, Sunapee, Warner, Wilmont, Henniker and Sutton were called to the scene.
As daybreak approached, Thomas said he decided to smother the rubble in foam.
"I was concerned about it igniting," Thomas said. "The foam means it lacked oxygen and suffocated."
The building was unoccupied when the fire broke out. Thomas said no firefighters were hurt.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Rymes Oil employees pull Bradford man from flaming wreck, but driver succumbs to injuries - 0
- Keene man killed in work accident in Troy Monday - 0
- Teen driver dies after being pulled from icy waters in Londonderry - 8
- Trio escapes Claremont fire after smoke wakes resident - 0
- Man suffers life-threatening injuries in Little Cohas Brook crash - 0
- Tractor-trailer pulls down poles, wires, closing part of Route 28 in Epsom - 0
- Commission honors seven for contributions to state firefighter training - 0
- Lost hikers found safe in Gilsum - 1
- Woman thrown from horse, injured - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- High School Football: Lawrence, Mass., tops Salem - 0
- Five state police cruisers among many accidents due to storm - 0
- Manchester says streets will be clear for Fisher Cats Thanksgiving 5K - 0
- Uber at $40 billion valuation would eclipse Twitter and Hertz - 0
- S&P 500 ends at high — boosted by tech - 0
- Black Friday specials expected to lure 140 million shoppers - 0
- John Stossel: Be thankful for American property rights - 0
- Keene State to lead national initiative on economic inequality - 0
- Manchester police investigating after man stabbed in neck - 0
Manchester school exec contract squeaks by
Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass.
Your Turn, NH -- Mike Moffett: Republicans can win in 2016 with Kasich at the top of the ticket
On being American: A point for reflection