Garage destroyed but home was uninhabited
By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — A suspicious blaze at 30 Corriveau Road that destroyed a two-car garage and nearly took the house with it is being investigated by police and fire officials.
Fire Chief Ken Erickson said firefighters were alerted at 9:41 p.m. Saturday and the on-duty Belmont lieutenant called for reinforcements before he arrived.
Finding the garage completely engulfed in flames, Erickson said they sought additional assistance from Franklin, Gilmanton, Sanbornton, Barnstead and Tilton-Northfield to augment the crews from Belmont, Laconia and Gilford who were already there.
Erickson said the blaze was so intense that about 20 cars had stopped along Route 106 to watch it burn.
He said firefighters were able to knock down the bulk of the fire and spare damage to the main body of the attached house. He said the roof and attic of the house was damaged by flames but there was considered smoke and water damage throughout the rest of the house. He said the house is repairable.
Erickson and Belmont Police Lt. Rich Mann both said the house was unoccupied and had been taken through a foreclosure at least a year ago. Both said it hadn't been lived in for a least a year.
Mann said his officers spoke to the neighbors who said the house was shown regularly by various real estate agents and it is unlikely the home had been being used by squatters.
Erickson said there was electrical service to the house but is not saying whether or not it was turned on.
Anyone with any information or who may have seen something or someone suspicious in the area on Saturday is asked to call the Belmont Police at 267-8351.
Below, fire rages at 30 Corriveau Road in Belmont Saturday night. The fire drew the attention of dozens of people along Route 106. At top is the home after the fire. No one lived in the home, which had been foreclosed on. (Courtesy photos)
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