Cause of Attic Fire in Claremont said to be Electrical

The Claremont Fire Department responded to 105 Foisy Hill Road for a reported attic fire on the evening of Thursday, February 28.  The call was dispatched by Claremont Safety Services Dispatch Center at 6:54 p.m. According to Claremont Fire Chief Bryan Burr, “First arriving crews encountered flames and smoke conditions in the attic space of the single-story home. A general alarm was struck requesting all personnel to respond to the scene. The alarm also automatically requested mutual aid from Newport, Ascutney and Cornish Fire Departments. Due to the distance of the nearest city hydrant, approximately 4,000 feet of large diameter supply hose was laid to the scene. It required the coordination of two city fire department pumpers to deliver the water supply to the on-scene attack engine.”

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Crews were able to control and contain the fire to the attic, said Burr. The fire was deemed under control at 7:46 p.m. Burr said that the fire caused extensive fire damage to the attic and electrical system. The home was occupied at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported by either the occupants or fire fighters.
 
The department’s fire investigator, Captain Chris Pixley, has preliminarily determined the fire to be electrical in nature. The exact cause has yet to be identified, said Burr.         

Crews from the city’s Department of Public Works assisted the Fire Department by providing treatment to the road due to large amounts of water spilling that caused a slippery surface. The Police Department provided traffic control, diverting vehicles away from the scene while crews worked to control the fire.


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