GILFORD — The residents of a home at 357 Lake Shore Road are safe after they were able to leave their home during a house fire early Thursday morning.
Captain Rick Andrews said a woman in the home was awakened at 1:39 a.m. but what she described as "popping" sounds. When she went to investigation, she saw that the garage, which is attached to the home by a breezeway, was on fire.
Andrews said she was able to wake everyone in the home and get them outside and in one place after notifying 911. He said she told them that as she and her family were leaving the home, the smoke detectors in the residence were starting to sound.
Andrews said the home is at the end of a long driveway so the first responding truck laid a 4-inch hose and Gilford's tanker truck plus other responding trucks from Laconia, Belmont and Meredith were able to provide a steady stream of water.
He said that when the first firefighters arrived the two car garage, which had lawn equipment and other things but no cars in it, was fully engulfed in flames. He said the first responders concentrated getting water on to the breezeway and the house to stop the spread of the fire.
Andrews said the garage and its contents were destroyed and there was some structural damage to the breezeway. He said there was smoke and water damage to the home but said it is repairable.
Andrews also said that there was sheet rock between the garage and the breezeway and the door between them was closed and this slowed the spread of the blaze.
He said members of the N.H. State Fire Marshal investigated the scene yesterday and though they haven't determined the exact cause, they say it is not suspicious.
The family is staying with other family members.
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