Fire extensively damages multi-unit building in Tamworth

A fire Thursday afternoon did extensive damage to this multi-use building on Runnells Hall Road in Tamworth. Local and state fire officials said occupants got safely out of the building and while it remains under investigation arson is not suspected in this matter. (Courtesy Photo)

TAMWORTH — A fire that damaged a large multi-use building at 11 Runnells Hall Road Thursday is under investigation, say state and local officials.

New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Paul J. Parisi and Tamworth Fire Chief Rich Colcord made the announcement Friday.

Fire was reported just before 11 a.m. in the building hosting Mari’s Treasures, offices of Chocorua Lake Conservancy and Thurston Property Management, as well as a residential apartment.

Firefighters arrived to fire visible on the exterior of the building that quickly extended into the interior, officials said. Several inside were evacuated safely.

There is no evidence of arson at this time, according to Parisi and Colcord.

Parisi noted the importance of having working smoke alarms at home or in a business and to immediately exit and call E911 at the first sign.

Tamworth Fire Department was assisted by North Conway Ambulance Service and the fire departments of Conway, West Ossipee, Madison, Ossipee Corner, Milton, Center Ossipee, Wakefield, Tuftonboro and Freedom.

Anyone with information about the blaze can contact Fire Marshal’s Office Investigator Matthew Wilmot or District Chief Thomas Riley at 603-223-4289.