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Neighbor credited for giving fire warning in Tuftonboro


TUFTONBORO — An alert neighbor is being credited with rousing a family of six from their burning home early Friday morning.

The fire at 236 Middle Road was reported around 2 a.m. by a neighbor who was leaving for work and noticed the flames. The home is owned by Randy Trudeau and Tara Burdette.

Their neighbor, William Stockman, ran next door, banging on the doors and yelling. All the occupants and the family dog escaped unharmed, although a pet bird was still unaccounted for, said Fire Chief Adam Thompson.

Thompson, who lives nearby, was the first on the scene. The chief used a fire extinguisher from his vehicle to attack the fire.

When firefighters and equipment arrived, crews quickly extinguished the flames, which had spread from the front entryway to the basement and attic.

The American Red Cross is helping the family of six with temporary shelter.

Fire officials said the home had no working smoke detectors.

Thompson said the town's new fire station is less than a half-mile away, and he said that was a "huge factor" in getting crews there quickly enough to save the house.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the state fire marshal's office.

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