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A two-alarm fire gutted the rear porch area of a house at 13 First St. in Sandown Thursday morning. (Jason Schreiber/Union Ledaer Correspondent)

Two-alarm Sandown blaze knocked down

SANDOWN - Firefighters from several towns battled a two-alarm fire that heavily damaged a house Thursday morning.

The fire broke out shortly before 6 a.m. at the single-story residence at 13 First St.

Fire Chief Wilfred Tapley said the rear of the house was fully involved when firefighters arrived. The homeowner was home at the time and escaped without injury. Tapley said the fire appears to have started in a back porch in the area of a pellet stove, but the cause remains under investigation.

"We started knocking it down and saw extensive smoke coming from the attic, but with the help from all the crews from neighboring towns we stopped it from getting into the attic," Tapley said.

Gusty winds that arrived early Thursday morning made fighting the fire more difficult, Tapley said, adding, "All you need is one spark with that wind."

The fire was brought under control within about a half-hour, but firefighters remained on the scene at 8:30 a.m. as they continued to overhaul the building.

The homeowner, who declined to give his name, said he was advised by his insurance company not to comment on the fire. Sandown firefighters were assisted by crews from Auburn, Chester, Danville, Derry, Fremont, Hampstead, and Raymond.


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