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A two-alarm fire destroyed a home and attached barn in Thornton late Thursday afternoon. (COURTESY)

Two-alarm fire destroys Thornton home, barn


THORNTON – A two-alarm fire of as-yet undetermined origin left three people homeless Thursday night, a blaze that spread from a barn to an attached Route 175 home to an adjacent area of dry brush on bare ground, the fire chief said.

THORNTON – A two-alarm fire of as-yet undetermined origin left three people homeless Thursday night, a blaze that spread from a barn to an attached Route 175 home to an adjacent area of dry brush on bare ground, the fire chief said.

The fire was made more dangerous by the home’s power line, which fell to the ground on one side of the two-story home at 2492 Route 175 as fire crews from numerous area towns were arriving, said Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue Chief Daniel Defosses.

The downed wire prevented firefighters from accessing one side of the approximately 2,300-square-foot home home, Defosses said. It hindered firefighters, but the home would have burned to the ground anyway, he said.

“The wire was dangerous, but we managed to get around it,” he said. “The home and the barn were a total loss.”

There were no injuries.

The home’s three occupants, renters of the home who were aided with temporary housing by the Red Cross Thursday night, managed to get their dog and cat from the home, the chief said.

They called 911 at 4:44 p.m., Defosses said, saying their approximately 50-by-20 foot barn was on fire. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the chief called for a second alarm because of the heavy flames.

“The home and the barn were fully involved with flames when we arrived,” he said. “The barn was burning to the ground, and the fire spread to the top floor of the home and it just burned down.”

It took about 90 minutes to get the fire under control, the chief said. Fire crews used water from a pond about a mile away from the home to fight the flames, which spread to an area of less than an acre next to the home, catching the dry brush on fire.

The recent dry weather conditions contributed to the brush fire, which was contained before spreading further. Power company officials were called to fix the downed wire, he said.

Campton-Thornton firefighters were aided by fire crews from Ashland, Bristol, Center Harbor, Hebron, Holderness, Meredith, New Hampton, Plymouth, Rumney, Waterville Valley, and Woodstock.

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