MEREDITH — A Stone Dam Circle man's home escaped serious damage Saturday around 2 a.m. when a bird's nest built on a light on his porch apparently ignited.
Fire Chief Ken Jones said Monday that the fire burned two walls on the porch and melted a window on the house side of the wall before the homeowner woke up and extinguished it with a hose.
"He got very lucky," Jones said, noting that the man was sleeping in a chair in the living room.
He said firefighters initially called for a first alarm when the call first sounded because there is no municipal water at the end of Meredith Center Road. He said firefighters from Meredith spent a few hours at the home making sure the fire hadn't extended into the home. He said they released the extra help that came from Laconia and surrounding towns for the alarm.
Jones said he estimated there is about $3,000 to $4,000 in damage to the porch and siding but said the house is inhabitable.
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