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April 17. 2014 8:28AM

Barrington home destroyed in two-alarm blaze

BARRINGTON – While firefighters were able to extinguish a fire quickly, they could not stop it from destroying a Green Hill Road home Wednesday night.

Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded around 8:10 p.m. after a resident, who was sleeping on a couch, woke up in a smoke-filled room and discovered the kitchen was on fire at 375 Green Hill Road.

With only the clothes on his back, the man escaped the burning home via a window, according to Fire Chief Rick Walker.

Walker said firefighters were able to respond with four engines – including one from Rochester – in about five minutes.

“We had a crew here at the station doing some training,” Walker said.

When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was showing from the rear of the first and second floors. A second alarm was immediately called, Walker said, bringing more water and firefighters to the scene.

Walker said firefighters from Madbury and Strafford, local ambulance crews and police from Barrington and Strafford also assisted at the scene. He said Lee firefighters provided station coverage.

Within an hour, Walker said firefighters had the fire under control, but the single-family home was destroyed. He added the fire was concentrated in the kitchen area and the bedroom, but the rest of the home sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

"It's a total loss," Walker said, who noted no one was injured.

Walker said firefighters remained on scene until about 11 p.m. and returned during the night to ensure the fire did not rekindle.

Due to the extensive damage, Walker said firefighters believe the fire began in the kitchen.

“We’re still looking at it,” Walker said, adding investigators believe the fire was accidental.


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BARRINGTON — An individual sleeping on a couch inside a Green Hill Road home woke up Wednesday night to discover the home in flames and escaped out a window with only the clothes on his back, the fire chief said.

Chief Rick Walker said the 375 Green Hill Road single-family home was destroyed in the two-alarm blaze.

He said the individual, whom he did not identify, had fallen asleep on the couch when about 8 p.m. he awoke to a room full of smoke and the kitchen area in flames. He was not injured when he fled the burning home by going out a window, according to Walker.

When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was showing from the rear of the first and second floors. A second alarm was immediately called, Walker said, bringing more water and firefighters to the scene.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the blaze, but they believe it was accidental.

"It's a total loss," Walker said.

Assisting Barrington Fire and Rescue were firefighters from Rochester, Strafford, Madbury and Lee, and officers from the Barrington and Strafford police departments. Lee fire crews covered the station.


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