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December 30. 2013 8:52PM

Western part of state hit hardest by wet, heavy snow

CLAREMONT — Heavy wet snow wreaked havoc on Claremont, Newport and the surrounding communities Sunday night.

Monday afternoon Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron said it had been a busy 24 hours that included two structures fire Monday morning.

“We had a pretty busy night last night the entire night,” Bergeron said. “We just had heavy wet snow all night long. We had a lot of trees coming down.”

The heavy wet snow weighed down trees and branches, which snapped and fell on the wires causing the power outages.

“We had trees down across the road, and some trees were resting on power lines, and in some cases the power lines held, and in some cases the power lines gave in and broke,” Bergeron said.

Large sections of the city were still without power Monday morning, Bergeron said, which led to the two structure fires he said.

The first was a mobile home on Brandon Place. The mobile home owner had gone out to shovel his driveway in the morning and left candles burning inside his home.

Firefighters responded to a home on Strand Road where a generator operating in a detached garage caught the garage on fire.

Fire engines had difficulty reaching the fire because the long driveway was not completely plowed so the garage was destroyed, though the home was undamaged, Bergeron said.

Residents were unharmed, but a firefighter was injured Sunday night, Bergeron said.

On Monday afternoon Newport still had about 1,200 homes without power, Conroy said. PSNH said they are working to restore power to all homes before midnight on Monday, he said.

mpierce@newstote.com


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