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Firefighters climb long driveway to fight Sanbornton flames

A blaze during Thursday evening snow forced Sanbornton firefighters to walk up steep, 150-foot driveway to combat a house fire.

The fire at 28 Threshing Mill Road was reported at 5:21 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release from fire Chief Paul Dexter Jr.

The first firefighters to reach the house found heavy smoke throughout the building and a fire in the basement. The house itself helped control the fire, Dexter said, because the flames were beneath hot water pipes in the house that failed, causing water to spill.

The owner, who was not identified, rescued a dog from the house. “The owner and two sons were displaced for the night and stayed with friends,” Dexter said.

The state fire marshal’s office determined the cause of the fire to be an electrical switch in the basement. The house suffered significant heat and smoke damage, Dexter said, and is not inhabitable at this time.

Firefighters from Franklin, Tilton-Northfield and Belmont assisted.

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