Fire contained to basement in Northfield house

NORTHFIELD — A fire damaged the basement area of a home on Summer Street Sunday at 5:57 p.m. and was quickly extinguished by local firefighters.

Chief Michael Sitar said no one was home when the fire started at 35 Summer St., Apt. 21, and the fire was confined to the basement.

Sitar said the fire damaged the electrical panel for the eight units in the block so residents for all units were displaced.

"Quick notification by the neighbors was key to stopping the fire early," said fire officials.

There were no injuries and two pets were removed from the home.

Crews from Franklin, Sanbornton, New Hampton and Belmont assisted Tilton-Northfield.


Brush fire burns quarter-acre on Horne Road

BELMONT — Town fire crews spent the better part of early yesterday afternoon extinguishing a quarter acre brush fire on Horne Road.

Lt. Tom Murphy said that it appears the grass fire was started by improper disposal of smoking materials and spread with help from the wind.

He said that once the snow is gone, "a little bit of sun and an little bit of wind is all it takes."

Murphy added that yesterday was a Class 3 -- or high danger -- fire day for the state.

He said the Belmont Fire Department also responded to an outside fire that started when a pile of brush that had snow on it yesterday caught fire as well.

Murphy said there is still a lot of snow in old snow piles and in the woods, but areas that have no snow are vulnerable because of the wind.

Belmont is issuing burn permits for 5 p.m. and after, and Murphy said people should always use care when disposing of cigarettes and disposing of ashes from their wood stoves.

Barnstead man airlifted to hospital after crashing ATV

BARNSTEAD — An unidentified man was taken by helicopter to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with serious head injuries after crashing his Off Road Recreation Vehicle Sunday at 7:17 p.m. on Land's End Road.

Barnstead Police and the N.H. Fish and Game Department are investigating the crash, and believe speed and alcohol were contributing factors.

Police said the man was not wearing a helmet and was unconscious when he was found.

Northfield woman faces drug, firearm charges

NORTHFIELD — After a month-long investigation, police from Northfield, Tilton, Andover, Belmont and Laconia -- with the assistance of the Belknap County Sheriff's Department -- arrested a Fellows Hill Road woman for drug and firearm charges on April 10.

The Sheriff's Office said Jennifer Mitchell, 38, of 135 Fellows Road faces multiple drug charges and one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police allegedly seized methamphetamine, Xanax, Adderall, cash and some drug paraphernalia.

She was held on $5,000 cash over the weekend and is now being held in the Merrimack County House of Corrections on $4,000 cash-only bail.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.