Fire drives family from home in isolated west Meredith

MEREDITH — Three people, including a child, are temporarily homeless after a first-alarm fire damaged their Eagle Ledge home Wednesday night.

Deputy Chief Andre Kloetz said yesterday that a female adult was home alone around 11 p.m. when she smelled something unusual that could have been creosote.

She saw a fire where the stove pipe went through the first-floor ceiling and into the second floor and attic She called 9-1-1.

Kloetz said the first crews on the scene were from Meredith and Sanbornton and they were met with "a lot of fire" in the attic. He said the fire has spread through a first floor closet.

"The initial crews got a nice knockdown," said Kloetz who said Eagle Ledge is a good distance into the rural west area of town about 3/4 of a mile from Black Brook Road and Kaulback Road in Sanbornton.

He said Sanbornton Chief Paul Dexter called for a first alarm bringing New Hampton and Holderness firefighters and water to Eagle Ledge and sending Laconia crews to Black Brook Road to set up the dry-hydrant in case more water was needed.

Kloetz said in his opinion the house is repairable. He said the fire charred the attic rafters but that much of the damage was done by heat, smoke, and water. "the skeleton of the house is still solid," he said.

One firefighter fell through the second floor to the first floor but Kloetz said he "was pretty nimble" and fortunately landed on his feet.

Kloetz said two cats escaped the flames. He said the woman was staying with friends.

He said Chief Ken Jones and the N.H. Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire, which appears to be accidental.