Photo: 191110-news-swanzeyfire Couple escapes fire

Firefighters spent several hours Friday night getting a fire on Old Homestead Highway under control. No one was reported injured in the fire, which fire officials say was started accidentally.

SWANZEY — A couple escaped unharmed from a fire that heavily damaged their home Friday night, according to fire officials.

The fire broke out sometime before 9:17 p.m. in the home at 678 Old Homestead Highway near the First Congregational Church, according to a statement from the Swanzey Fire Department.

Police and firefighters got to the home after getting a 911 call Friday to find it was fulling engulfed in flames.

It took firefighters about 40 minutes to get the fire under control. The 3,100-square-foot home was first built in 1850, according to the statement. The home sustained significant damage to all of the floors, and it is not considered habitable, officials said.

Swanzey was joined in the firefighting by eight other area departments, and three additional fire departments were called to cover Swanzey’s fire stations during the blaze.

The fire crews hauled water from a drafting site about three-tenths of a mile from the fire in order to douse the flames. Crews stayed on site for several hours after the fire was under control to put out any remaining hot spots.

No one was reported injured in the fire, and the cause of the blaze is considered accidental at this time.

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