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Fire in camper quickly doused at Weirs motel

Union Leader Correspondent

August 17. 2018 9:24AM
Laconia Fire Chief Ken Erickson, left, who recently announced his retirement, looks over the scene of a Thursday afternoon fire with Deputy Chief Kirk Beattie. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent)

A Laconia firefighter uses an ax to open up the roof of a camper that caught fire at the Winnipesaukee Motel on Route 3 Thursday afternoon. (Bea Lewis/Union Leader Correspondent)

LACONIA — Fire Chief Ken Erickson said a caller’s quick report coupled with and a three-man crew on duty at the Weirs Station stopped a camper fire from spreading to two buildings just feet away.

Firefighters were called to the Winnipesaukee Motel, 350 Endicott St. North, shortly after 1 p.m. and found a burning camper with a screen porch sandwiched between a house and large storage building that also serves as the laundry for the business.

A caretaker said he was en route to Manchester when he got a call about the fire and hurried back to gain access to the basement of the home and shut-off the breaker providing electricity to the camper. He said the camper also used propane.

He’ said he just rented the camper to a man in need of a place to live but fire officials reported it was unoccupied at the time.

No injuries were reported.

“It would have been a different story if someone hadn’t spotted it so quickly,” Erickson said, as he surveyed the damage, limited to the camper.

The cause remains under investigation.


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