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March 21. 2014 10:16AM

Officials investigate cause of abandoned house fire

DERRY — Derry fire and police officials are investigating the cause of a fire early Friday at an abandoned house at 6 Drew Road.

The fire was phoned in by a passing motorist who initially thought he was in Sandown, according to a press release. The Rockingham County Dispatch Center quickly realized the incident was in Derry and alerted the Derry Fire Communications Center.

The first alarm came in at 2:25 a.m. and firefighters responded to the scene, which is across from 3 Drew Road. A Salem engine was automatically dispatched and responded to assist as Hampstead and Chester water tankers were also dispatched to the scene. Derry engines 1 and 3 were already involved in unrelated incidents but ultimately responded to the incident, according to fire officials.

On arrival, fire crews found an abandoned house completely engulfed in flames. Crews stayed back and used hoses to spray large amounts of water to the house. The fire was extinguished and crews performed an extensive overhaul of the house, removing exterior siding and cutting holes in it to gain access to several smoldering hot spots, fire officials said

The fire was contained to the house and no other structures were involved in the incident. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters were hindered in reaching the house as they had to walk through knee-deep snow.

The house sustained major damage and is considered a complete loss, according to fire officials.

The fire remains under investigation by the Derry Fire Prevention Bureau, with assistance from the Derry Police Department.



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