By Gail Ober
BELMONT — Three people escaped serious injury Saturday afternoon after a fast-moving fire of indeterminate origin gutted the top floor of their home at 110 Elaine Drive. The fire was reported at 1 p.m. and firefighters stay on the scene until 4:10 p.m.
Fire Chief Sean McCarty said the homeowner initially tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose and singed some hair. Two other adults escaped the home with minor smoke inhalation. All three were evaluated but not taken to the hospital.
Two cats and one reptile were saved by firefighters. A second reptile died.
McCarty said the first engine that arrived was from Laconia because Belmont crews were returning from a medical call. A supervisor on the Belmont ambulance arrived, saw heavy black smoke coming from the upstairs and call for a first alarm. When conditions didn't improve, firefighters called for a second alarm.
McCarty said the home was equipped with smoke detectors. He said damage is estimated to be about $100,000 but believes the home is repairable.
Firefighters from Belmont and surrounding communities battle a two-alarm fire Saturday Saturday afternoon on Elaine Drive. Officials said the home sustained about $100,000 in damage. (Laconia Daily Sun Photo - Gail Ober)
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