Fire damages Gilford's Misty Harbor ResortBy PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader
January 07. 2018 9:03PM
GILFORD — Fire crews in Gilford were busy Saturday battling a fire in a laundry room at the Misty Harbor Resort that caused more than $25,000 in damages.
According to Gilford Fire Lt. Jeff Madon, firefighters responded to Misty Harbor Resort, 18 Weirs Road, at 1:52 p.m. Saturday to investigate a fire alarm activation. Upon arrival, fire crews reported smoke coming from the front and rear of the first-floor laundry room in Building 3, a large three-story wood frame building containing multi-unit condominiums.
Madon requested Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid dispatch a building fire response, bringing in all Gilford Fire companies and an engine and ladder crew from Laconia.
Gilford companies encountered a heavy smoke condition and stretched a hose line into the laundry room through the front door and quickly knocked down the flames. Upon arrival of additional companies, units above the fire were searched and vented, and overhaul was started to check if the fire had extended to other areas of the structure.
“Early notification by a monitored fire-alarm system played a significant role in keeping the fire manageable and preventing more damage. Fire detection also saves lives,” said Madon.
According to Madon, the fire was contained to a single laundry room, with only moderate smoke damage reported to an adjacent storage/kitchen area and minor smoke damage to two living units above the fire. Damage is estimated to be in excess of $25,000. Power and gas services were turned off to the entire building. Building representatives were making contact with utility contractors Sunday for additional assistance.
Fire crews were back in quarters by 3:20 p.m. Saturday.
According to Madon, investigators believe the fire started in the vicinity of a commercial dryer and a large electrical conduit servicing the building. While the exact cause remains under investigation, Madon said all indications are the fire was accidental.