Haverhill man receives call every homeowner dreads
The three-bedroom, single-floor home he renovated last year is about 40-years-old, he said, and sets on a rural stretch of Route 116 not far from the Benton line.
The drive of about 10 miles brought him to his Davis Realty office in the heart of Woodsville, Haverhill's business district. He said later Monday morning he had left his home at 8:40.
Davis said he lived alone, and was grateful that no one was injured in the fire.
By midmorning, there must have been 20 fire engines lined up outside his house as area departments responded. Crews blocked off the highway and turned around the relatively few motorists who came by in either direction. The bright sun and clear sky belied the morning temperature that stood at 10 degrees. The flames were gone by then, but thick smoke continued to pour from the windows and along the ridgeline.
"They had redone the whole place last summer, new roof, new vinyl siding," she said in a telephone interview shortly after firefighters cleared the scene at around 2 p.m.
Davis said the state Fire Marshal's Office was working to determine the cause.
"I was heating with propane and wood. I did burn firewood; that's always suspect when there's a house fire. But I had a triple-lined chimney," Davis said, as he prepared to make an unplanned shopping trip.