'Everything destroyed' in Laconia garage fire

LACONIA — Fire Chief Ken Erickson said a free-standing garage off White Oaks Road that served as the owner's workshop was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon.

He said it appears the homeowner had been doing some welding or grinding in his workshop and left to go to a local hardware store around 3 p.m.

Erickson said the garage was fully engulfed in flames and a neighbor called to report the fire. He said Asst. Chief Kirk Beattie could see the plume of smoke from Messer Street and called for a first alarm — bringing help from Gilford to the scene and from Belmont to the city for coverage.

"Everything was destroyed," said Erickson, adding that the homeowner lost a number of tools, an acetylene torch, a grinder and other similar tools.

He said the garage was some distance from the main home and the fire was in no danger of spreading to nearby buildings. There were no injuries.

Erickson said yesterday was a very hectic day for Laconia and noted that Belmont Firefighters covered two separate calls while Laconia was on White Oaks Road, including a cardiac arrest and a car accident in the parking lot of the Laconia Public Library.

He said one was evaluated in the wake of the car accident.


CAPTION – Belmont Firefighters covering the city during a first alarm fire on White Oaks Road and Laconia Police respond to the Laconia Library yesterday afternoon at 4 p.m. for a two-car rear-end type accident. No serious injuries were reported. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)