By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — A home on White Birch Drive in Gunstock Acres suffered extensive damage and two cats perished in a Wednesday morning fire which officials said started in the basement of the two-and-a-half-story home.
Gilford Fire Chief Steve Carrier said that the fire was reported at 8:01 a.m. by the owner, who said smoke was coming from the basement. He was the only person home at the time and was able to exit the building quickly.
Gilford and Laconia companies were dispatched and Lt. Dominic DeCarli reported a large amount of smoke was coming from the rear of the residence. Lt DeCarli confirmed there was an active fire in the basement of the home and a first alarm was requested.
Gilford companies stretched a hose line into the basement through a rear, walk-out door and quickly knocked down the visible fire.
Carrier reported that although most of the fire damage was to two or three rooms in the basement, the first floor received extensive heat and smoke damage and the second floor received just smoke damage.
He said that the building is uninhabitable and estimated damage to be in excess of $100,000.
“The first arriving crew did a great job locating the fire and knocking it down quickly. Early notification played a big role in keeping the fire manageable. If nobody was home, the damage would have been much worse,” said Carrier.
He said that it appears that the fire began in the basement in the vicinity of an electrical wall switch in a storage area. “The exact cause is still under investigation, but all indications are that the fire was accidental in nature. The homeowner is making alternative housing arrangements.”
Carrier said that Gilford companies responded to the scene along with an engine and a ladder from Laconia. Engines from Belmont, Tilton-Northfield, Alton, and Meredith assisted at the scene, while Sanbornton covered the Gilford Station.
There was no damage to any other buildings or vehicles.
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