CLAREMONT, NH—At 0937 hours, on the morning of March 20, 2021, the Claremont Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 74 Charlestown Road. The duty shift responded with two engines. A first alarm was requested by the duty captain while responding. Upon arrival, the first due engine found heavy smoke coming from a single-story wood frame structure. The duty crew stretched an inch and three-quarter line and made entry into the building. After knocking down the fire, crews checked for extension and overhauled the fire area. The fire was called under control at 1023 hours.
A Ladder from Newport assisted at the scene. Engines from Ascutney and Cornish covered the Claremont Fire Station.
Fire damage was limited to one end of the house and the attached single bay garage. The rest of the house sustained severe smoke and heat damage. The resident was awoken by the smoke alarms and someone knocking on the door trying to alert him of the fire.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by members of the Claremont Fire Department but is believed to be accidental at this time.
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