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Fire heavily damages offices of Kingston auto salvage business

Union Leader Correspondent

September 24. 2018 3:44PM
A message was painted on a vehicle parked in front of John's Truck and Auto Salvage to let customers know that it's still open for business after a weekend fire. (Jason Schreiber)

Firefighters battled a blaze at John’s Truck and Auto Salvage in Kingston Saturday morning. (Kingston Fire Department)

KINGSTON - The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire that heavily damaged John’s Truck and Auto Salvage over the weekend.

Fire Chief Bill Seaman said the cause hasn’t been determined, but that the fire is not believed to be suspicious.

Firefighters from Kingston and 10 other departments responded to the business at 71 New Boston Road shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday after a fire broke out in a metal building at the front of the property.

One firefighter, whom Seaman said appeared to be suffering from exhaustion, was transported to Exeter Hospital, treated and released.

The fire took a couple of hours to bring under control and caused substantial damage to the building, which housed the salvage yard’s office. The office has been temporarily relocated to another building at the rear of the property to keep the business open in the wake of the fire.

“I think it’s damaged to the point where it may have to be taken down,” Seaman said.

The extent of the loss is not yet known, a spokesman for the business said workers haven’t been allowed back in yet. The business was awaiting representatives from its insurer Monday.

Seaman said the business was open Saturday when the fire began. Workers smelled smoke and evacuated before firefighters arrived, he said.

The fire was more challenging than a typical house fire because it was a metal commercial building containing potentially flammable liquids, Seaman said.

“It poses much more significant risk to firefighters,” he said.

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