GILFORD — Firefighters extinguished a smoky blaze Tuesday afternoon that nearly destroyed the show room and main offices of the Silver Sands Marina at 103 Weirs Road (Rte. 11-B).
The fire was reported just before 4 p.m. by a passerby who noticed a fire inside the main building.
When firefighters arrived, smoke was billowing from the second floor rear portion of the main building, which houses the canvass shop.
Smoke was ventilating from the front of the building and at one point some began seeping from the eaves along the main part of the building.
Fire Chief Steve Carrier said firefighters set up a water line near the marina but were able to extinguish the flames with the water brought in the responding firetrucks from Gilford and Laconia.
Carrier said firefighters were able to contain the fire to the canvas room, adding there is minor smoke and water damage to the remainder of the building.
"This was a great job by the 'first-in' crews," Carrier said. This was a large and valuable building with valuable contents and they were able to confine the fire and extinguish it where it started.
Gilford firefighters was assisted at the marina by crews from Laconia, Meredith and Belmont. Crews from the Tilton-Northfield Fire Department and Holderness Fie Department provided station coverage.
Carrier said the cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated by Deputy Fire Chief Brad Ober.
CUTLINE – Smoke billows from the showroom and main offices of the Silver Sands Marina Tuesday afternoon as firefighters work to extinguish the blaze that began in the second floor canvas shop. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)