Firefighters beat 911 calls to Lyndeborough blaze
LYNDEBOROUGH — A Forest Road home was damaged by fire on Sunday just before 11 a.m..
Fire Chief Brian Smith said firefighters were able to respond quickly to the blaze.
“We’re actually two houses down, so within 300 feet,” Smith said of the town’s fire station. “One of our lieutenants was at the station. He was getting ready to paint the floor so he had all the trucks out and we had two other firefighters stop by to see what was going on.
“Then we had a passerby come screaming in the dooryard, ‘You got a house on fire down the street.’ We actually beat the 911 calls. We were here before.”
He said the first floor of the front side of the house had heavy fire damage, while the back of the home appears to have only suffered smoke damage.
“If it got up to the attic and crossed over, it would have been a different story,” Smith said.
A woman and several of her adult children live in the home, along with some dogs, Smith said.
“She was home alone. She was able to get out, get all the animals out. So everybody is accounted for,” Smith said.
The first firefighters on scene raised the call to a second alarm due to the visible flames, Smith said.
“When they got here the first floor of the front of the house was fully involved. We had a lot of smoke rolling across the road. And they had flames coming out the front windows. We had the flames knocked down within about 10 minutes. It was about 25 minutes before we were under control with the fire,” Smith said.
Firefighters from eight different departments responded to the call.
Smith said the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined. The state Fire Marshal’s Office has been contacted, as well as the Red Cross.