Fire Destroys 2 Buildings, Burns Over Five Acres

The intense fire took out two buildings and burned more than five acres (Bill Binder photo).

Mutual Aid Companies From VT, NH Respond

CHARLESTOWN, NH--A fire, intensified by hot temperatures and strong winds Sunday afternoon, burned two outbuildings down to the ground and burned more than five acres at 940 River Road. Multiple mutual aid companies were called to the scene, and more than 100 firefighters were needed to extinguish the fires. The first crews arrived on scene around 1:30 p.m.

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Charlestown Fire was out on another call when the report came in regarding the River Road fire. Claremont was asked to close River Road at its end for a time Sunday while crews were on scene. The fire was quickly called to a 2nd Alarm after the first crews arrived. A neighbor said explosions were heard from the property--losses included a complete machine shop, tools, welders, and other equipment--and heavy smoke could be seen from a distance as the fires took off. The cause of the fire was not known as of late Sunday afternoon; the Fire Marshal’s Office was called to help with the investigation.

The New Hampshire/Vermont Region of the American Red Cross reported that it responded to the scene to support first responders with food and drinks while the fires were being fought. Area residents also donated food to the crews to help keep them going. Walmart donated ice cream as well.

Multiple mutual aid units from more than a dozen New Hampshire and Vermont communities assisted with the call. Crews were on scene until around 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening.


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