NEWPORT, NH–The Newport Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a call at 6:33AM Tuesday, Feb. 14, with the caller reporting a building fire on Sandy Lane. En route the fire officer reported smoke showing from the High School area and requested a 1st Alarm. Upon arrival, the 1st fire apparatus found a single-story ranch with attached garage with heavy fire through the roof on the back of the building. A 2nd Alarm was requested.
Initial units arrived on scene at 1 Sandy Lane at 6:36AM. Crews made entry with attack lines in the back door of the building and started to attack the fire. A primary search was made by crews. They found one cat in the basement alive, and it was removed. Crews continued to attack the fire; personnel were removed from the building due to heavy fire advancement in the attack/roof. Ladder was placed and conducted fire extinguishment. The homeowner arrived on scene and reported to be missing two additional cats and one dog.
Responding to the scene were Newport Police Department; Claremont, Goshen, Lempster, New London Fire Departments; and Eversource. Covering the Newport Fire Station were the Croydon and Newbury Fire Departments.
The fire was deemed under control at 7:43AM with extensive overhaul. Crews made entry back into building for overhaul. While conducting overhaul at 8:30AM, crews located the missing dog on the first floor. The dog was dug out of the debris and removed from the building. The animal was alive but very wet and cold and was taken into Newport Ambulance where the dog was warmed up and given oxygen. The dog was taken by family to a Vet clinic for evaluation. All fire apparatus were clear at 11:08AM. The home is owned by Tammy Hamilton.
A joint investigation is being conducted by Newport Fire-EMS and Newport Police Department members. The cause of the fire was electrical wiring in the basement. Anyone with further information regarding thefire and/or questions is asked to contact Fire Chief Wayne Conroy at 863-1416.
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