GROTON — A family of five lost their home to a possible woodstove fire Tuesday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to 559 N. Groton Road at 12:16 p.m.
“When we got there, the building was totally engulfed as the caller had said when it was discovered,” Hebron Fire Chief John Fischer said. “That’s the sad thing, that it got that far going before anyone called and it’s on a state road.”
The fire was under control around 1:30 p.m., but there wasn’t much left standing. Two vehicles parked in the front yard had so much heat damage they are likely a total loss, Fischer said.
The family of five — a husband and wife and three children — was not at home. The children were in school, and the couple was out and fortunately had their two dogs with them in their truck. Horses on the property were far enough away from the fire so they were not hurt either, Fischer said.
“There (were) no injuries on the fire (department) side, and the horses were out back so they were safe. … So they didn’t lose any of their pets or anything, and that is the good news, but the building was totally destroyed,” Fischer said. “No one was injured, but the family lost literally everything.”
Fischer said he is staying in touch with the family, and the Red Cross will be called in if the family needs assistance, but so far the family has been assisted by its insurance company, which has given the family spending money and is helping to pay for lodgings in the area.
The state fire marshal responded to the scene, but there was so little of the house left that it is hard to determine the cause of the blaze, Fischer said. Fire investigators suspect it was a woodstove fire though.
“This was just a tragic happenstance that may have had something to do with one of the woodstoves and their chimney,” Fischer said. “Like the fire marshal said, ‘When you have this much destruction, it’s hard to pinpoint what went on here.’”
About 25 firefighters were at the scene Tuesday afternoon, Fischer said. Responding to the first alarm fire along with Hebron was Plymouth, Rumney, Warner, Wentworth, Bristol and Bridgewater, which covered the Hebron fire station during the call.