Claremont House Deemed Total Loss Following Fire

CLAREMONT, NH—The Claremont Fire Department responded to a reported building fire at a single-family home located at the address of 21 Holly Hill Road Thursday afternoon. The call was dispatched by Claremont Safety Services Dispatch Center at 1:14 p.m. First arriving engine was on scene at 1:23 p.m. and reported heavy fire from the back of the building. A general alarm was struck requesting all personnel to respond to the scene. 

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"This was a rural fire located outside the city’s hydrant district,” said Claremont Fire Chief Bryan Burr. “Automatic mutual aid came from Newport, Ascutney, Cornish, Plainfield, Charlestown, Meriden Fire Departments. The initial responding crew worked to contain the fire from the outside. The fire had extended to the roof and interior portions of the building with extensive fire damage to the back portion.”

No persons or pets were home at the time. The home has been deemed a total loss and was insured, said Burr. After extensive overhaul to extinguish concealed hot spots, the fire was reported under control at 3:20 p.m.

The cause has yet to be determined but is not believed to be suspicious, said Burr. 

Burr added that “As fire crews were responding to the fire on Holly Hill Road, fire crews were also dispatched to a multi-car accident at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Charlestown Road. The call was reported to the dispatch center at 1:17 p.m. The first arriving fire officer was on scene at 1:25 p.m. followed shortly by Rescue 1 at 1:30 p.m. Up to five people had varying injuries. None appeared to be serious. Damage to two vehicles involved had extensive damage with one having only minor damage. That incident was deemed under control at 1:47 p.m."

One of the vehicles involved in the accident was a Claremont Police car. That driver's name has not yet been released, and investigations by the department as well as the NH State Police are being done regarding the accident.  The police officer was responding to the structure fire call when the accident happened.

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