BRENTWOOD -- A family of five escaped injury after flames broke out in their nearly 300-year-old home Tuesday night.
Nearly 50 firefighters from 10 towns responded to the two-alarm fire, reported just after 9 p.m. at 198 Middle Road.
Homeowner Letty Bedard said she and her husband, Bobby Cole, were watching TV around 9 p.m. when they smelled smoke. She initially thought her husband had started their woodstove.
“We went back to the laundry room and there was a ton of smoke,” Bedard said as she and her husband stood in their pajamas outside the Pilgrim United Church of Christ across the street.
As soon as they realized there was a fire in the area of the laundry room, located in an extension of the house, Bedard said they woke up their children, fled and called 911.
“I’m hoping the fire was contained to that back corner and that the main house will be OK,” Bedard said.
Brentwood Fire Chief Joe Bird said Exeter Assistant Fire Chief Eric Wilking was among the first to arrive and found heavy fire climbing up the back of the residence. He said it appears the bulk of the fire was in the addition and that the main part of the house sustained only smoke damage.
“They did a great job keeping it out of the main house,” Bird said.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation Tuesday night. The family has owned the house for about 10 years. Bedard said the house was built in the 1730s.