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Windham fire heavily damages home, kills dog


November 25. 2017 9:19PM




WINDHAM — Windham firefighters returned Saturday to the scene of a heavy fire on Abbott Road that had taken the life of a dog the night before.

Officials had to return to 33 Abbott Road Saturday after a hot spot rekindled from the blaze that badly damaged the two-and-a-half-story structure Friday night.

Windham Fire Chief Thomas McPherson Jr. said Salem, Derry, Londonderry and Hudson fire departments came to the scene on Friday to assist and engines from the Londonderry and Pelham departments provided station coverage.

On Friday night, fire crews found heavy fire in the first floor and the basement, searched the home and found no one there.

The fire was first reported at 8:09 p.m. and there were three dogs inside at that time, officials said.

One dog was found by firefighters in the home, a second was spotted wandering around on the street a short time later while the third dog perished in the blaze.

Salem firefighters took the dog found inside, gave it oxygen and transported it to Rockingham Emergency Veterinarian Hospital on Cobbetts Pond Road in Windham for treatment. The dog found outside was later brought to the same animal hospital for evaluation, officials said.

Fire officials said they spoke with the homeowner, Michelle Webster, who confirmed no one was there at the time of the blaze.

It took 90 minutes to bring the fire under control but crews remained at the scene until 11:30 p.m. Friday to perform salvage and overhaul operations.

There were no injuries to first responders, officials said.

The origin and cause of the fire remain under investigation, McPherson said.

Coworkers of the homeowner reported on social media that donations had already poured in to the local pet hospital in memory of Webster’s dog that died.


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