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Warner residents abroad when house caught fire, officials say

Bradley Heath

Bradley Heath

The occupants of a Warner home engulfed in a three-alarm fire early yesterday morning were vacationing in England while their house burned, said Dick Wright, chief of the Capital Area Mutual Aid Fire Compact.

Fire departments from about 10 towns responded to the fire on Old Main Road in Warner at 2:59 a.m. yesterday. Wright said the whereabouts of the residents were initially unknown.

“The house was unoccupied. It was a livable house, but we didn’t know where the occupants were,” he said. “We found out later in the day they were vacationing in England, and they’d been away probably a week or two.”

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion, but Wright said it was precautionary and expected he had been released by last night.

The building was heavily involved in fire when the first crews arrived, he said. The blaze was controlled in about an hour and a half.

Wright said the state
Fire Marshal was investigating the cause of the fire yesterday.

“I don’t believe anything indicated it was suspicious or anything like that, but
we did ask him to come in
and do an investigation since we didn’t know where the people initially were,” he
said.

MEL FLANAGAN

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