Fire ravages Cornish home
Firefighters responded to 300 Center Road at 12:31 p.m., Cornish Fire Chief Scott Reuthe said Monday night.
When firefighters arrived, they found “the side toward the road was completely engulfed in flames on the outside,” Reuthe said of the home.
Investigators from the state Fire Marshal’s Office spent three hours investigating the cause of the blaze.
Preliminary findings indicate an improperly disposed of cigarette at the front door, underneath the front deck, caused the fire, Reuthe said.
They were alerted to the blaze because of working smoke detectors in the house, and were able to get out safely, Reuthe said.
Along with first-alarm mutual aid responders Plainfield and Meriden, fire crews came from Claremont and Vermont, including Ascutney, West Windsor and Windsor.