Smoke fills Sanbornton home at peak of storm

SANBORNTON — Firefighters battled at two-alarm blaze during the height of Thursday snowstorm that caused a great deal of smoke damage to a two-story home on Threshing Mill Road.

Fire Chief Paul Dexter said the fire was reported by the homeowner who arrived home with his son around 5:50 p.m. and noticed the house was filled with smoke and the alarms were sounding.

Dexter said the homeowner heard his dog barking from inside the house and was able to break a window and get his dog out.

The homeowner suffered a cut on his had from breaking the glass but was treated by ambulance personnel and not taken to the hospital.

The fire, said Dexter, appeared to have started in a storage away for wood pellets. He said it appears a well pump electrical circuit arced and started the fire. He said the wood pellets were stored a safe distance from the wood stove.

Dexter also said the property owner did the right thing by calling 911 immediately and not entering the home. Fortunately the dog was near a window and the man was able to get the animal out without entering the home.

Snow was a serious factor faced by the responding firefighters said Dexter noting both Burleigh Hill Road and Flushing Mill Road were snow covered. He said Sanbornton police were able to divert plow truck to Flushing Hill and clear a path for the firefighters.

Dexter also said the driveway was about 150-feet long and the firetruck were unable to get trucks up to the house so had to carry it about 150 feet.

He said one of the things that saved the home was that the wood pellets were stored in the basement underneath one of the water heater modules. He said the heat from the fire melted the seal on the modular and the water that fell partially extinguished the fire.

Dexter said firefighters used five-gallon extinguisher tanks to extinguish the rest of the fire.

He said the home is definitely repairable and the N.H. State Fire Marshall has released it to the owner and the insurance company.

Dexter asks that during the winter, people, especially those with long driveways, should try to keep them somewhat clear of snow during storms. He said that while everything worked out well Thursday, his crews never would have been able to get an ambulance for a medical call up many of the driveways in town last night.