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Firefighters battled a fire on Prospect Street in Goffstown Wednesday. The back of the single-family home was damaged. (Kathy Remillard/Union Leader Correspondent)

Goffstown fire claims life of dog

GOFFSTOWN &#-; Fire officials are investigating a fire on Prospect Street Wednesday in which a family dog perished.

According to police chief Patrick Sullivan, the fire at 7 Prospect St. was reported shortly before 10 a.m. by a DPW worker who was collecting trash.

Fire chief Richard O'Brien described the fire as a single alarm, with additional assistance from Bedford and Hooksett. Mutual aid was also provided by New Boston and Weare.

&#';The bulk of the fire was to the back of the building,&#'; said O'Brien, &#';but it looks like the structure can be saved.&#';

A second dog, TJ, made it out of the building, which was surprising to Coulombe, since the 6-year-old Rotweiler mix is blind.

&#';He made it out, but his brother didn't,&#'; Coulombe said. &#';He must've jumped the gate and ran upstairs because he was scared.&#';

The fire was contained within an hour, and O'Brien said the cause is still under investigation.

With heating and holiday decorations a common cause of fire this time of year, O'Brien said he would meet with the homeowners to explore possible causes.

&#';It could be anything,&#'; he said.


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