Mutual Aid Called for Newport Structure Fire
Extensive Overhauled Required
The Newport Police Department Emergency Communications Center received a call at 3:35 a.m., November 25th, from bystanders reporting a structure fire at 55 Belknap Ave. with everyone reportedly out of the building. "Upon Arrival of First" arriving fire apparatus at 03:38 a.m. had heavy fire coming from the right side and rear of a two and a half story wood frame; fire was on the first and second floor of the building, and there was also heavy fire on the backside porch. At that time, a 1st Alarm was requested.
A 2nd Alarm was requested at 03:39 a.m. Crews made entry with attack line to the front door of the building. Personnel made aggressive interior attack but due to the heavy fire load and balloon frame construction, interior crews withdrew from the building at 4:00 a.m., said the Newport Fire Department in a release. Exterior operations were established. The fire went through the roof, and Newport Fire-EMS received assistance from mutual aid towns. Responding to the scene were Newport Police, Water and Highway Departments and Sunapee, Goshen, Claremont, Lempster and New London Fire Departments. Golden Cross Ambulance stood by at the scene. Covering the Newport Fire Station were the Croydon and Newbury Fire Departments.
Two ladders were established on the exterior for extinguishment and multiple hand lines in operations. Extensive overhaul was required for several hot spots in hard-to-reach places in the roof area. Eversource removed power to the building.
The fire was deemed under control at 05:09 a.m. The residence was released to the building owner. All fire personnel were clear at 08:01 a.m. Two adults were displaced as the building was deemed unlivable.
A joint investigation was conducted by Newport Fire-EMS and Newport Police Department members. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, and anyone with further information and/or questions is asked to contact Fire Chief Wayne Conroy at 863-1416. The fire reportedly started in the basement.