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Gilmanton fire leaves family homeless


GILMANTON – A one-alarm morning fire of undetermined origin destroyed much of a Route 140 home early Sunday morning, leaving a family homeless.

Firefighters were called to 1020 Route 140 at 3:23 a.m. by the owners of the home, Fire Lt. Brian Cottrell said.

"Family members said they thought they had a fire in their attic," he said.


Firefighters found flames through the roof, and a first alarm was called, bringing firefighters from several area towns.

Firefighters attacked the blaze from inside and outside the building, Cottrell said, managing to save much of the first floor. The second floor was heavily damaged.

"The family can probably salvage the first floor,"? he said.

The Red Cross was notified, he said.

The fire was under control within an hour. Crews cleared the scene at about 6:30 a.m.

Investigators know the fire started in the attic of the house, but no cause had been determined Sunday afternoon, Cottrell said.

Gilmanton firefighters were aided by departments from Barnstead, Belmont, Alton, Pittsfield, Loudon, and Tilton-Northfield.

Additional ambulances were on hand in case of heat-related health problems, but there were no injuries, Cottrell said.

dseufert@newstote.com

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