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Antrim fire damages cape

ANTRIM — An old cape received severe smoke and water damage Thursday in a blaze that firefighters fought for about three hours.


Firefighters responded to 23 Elm Ave. around noon on Thursday after a passerby reported seeing smoke coming from the house, said Antrim Fire Captain Jay Hennessy.



The occupants, a father and a daughter, were not at home, Hennessey said.

Firefighters forced entry into the home and began fighting the heavy fire inside. A woodstove in the section of the home is where the fire appeared to have originated, he said.


Hennessey described the home as a 1700s cape-style home with a center chimney.



“It was older construction, so it was a harder fire to fight,” Hennessey said.

Around 3 p.m. firefighters had the fire under control. They cleared the scene around 4 p.m.

“There was smoke and water damage, but it’s still standing,” he said. “They won’t be able to move back. It’s not livable. … All of the windows were taken out due to the fire conditions.”

Several neighboring fire departments responded to assist with the second-alarm fire, Hennessey said, including Peterborough, Stoddard, Hancock, Hillsborough, Francestown, Dublin, Deering and Bennington.

No one was injured, Hennessey said.


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