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Officials: Canterbury home lost in Sunday night fire a total loss

  • A three-alarm fire broke out on Sunday evening at a residence on Canterbury Shore Drive in Canterbury. Three people and a dog were at home at the time but all were able to get out with no injuries. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    A three-alarm fire broke out on Sunday evening at a residence on Canterbury Shore Drive in Canterbury. Three people and a dog were at home at the time but all were able to get out with no injuries.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • A three-alarm fire broke out on Sunday evening at a residence on Canterbury Shore Drive in Canterbury. Three people and a dog were at home at the time but all were able to get out with no injuries. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    A three-alarm fire broke out on Sunday evening at a residence on Canterbury Shore Drive in Canterbury. Three people and a dog were at home at the time but all were able to get out with no injuries.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • A three-alarm fire broke out on Sunday evening at a residence on Canterbury Shore Drive in Canterbury. Three people and a dog were at home at the time but all were able to get out with no injuries. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • A three-alarm fire broke out on Sunday evening at a residence on Canterbury Shore Drive in Canterbury. Three people and a dog were at home at the time but all were able to get out with no injuries. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

A home near New Pond in Canterbury was badly damaged last night in a three-alarm fire, according to fire officials.

The fire at 89 Canterbury Shore Drive was reported at 6:46 p.m., and a fire engine and tanker from Belmont were the first to arrive on the scene, according to Dick Wright, chief coordinator for the Capital Area Mutual Aid Compact.

Within two hours, the fire was under control, though the house was still smoking. Firefighters said they expected to remain at the scene late into the chilly, rainy night.

“The operation went pretty well,” Wright said. “We got it knocked down pretty quickly.”

Three adults and a dog were home at the time, and all escaped without injury, said homeowner Mike Pelky. No firefighters were hurt, according to Wright.

Pelky said they were eating dinner when they noticed black smoke near the chimney for a wood stove that was in the basement.

The flames spread quickly through the house’s Styrofoam insulation, he said.

“By the time we got everyone out, I was calling 911 and it was up on the roof,” Pelky said. “Within five minutes, it was engulfed in flames.”

Canterbury fire Chief Peter Angwin said the cause of the fire was undetermined last night, but that officials would be looking at the wood stove.

As for the house, he said, “I would think it’s a total loss.”

Emergency responders at the scene last night included personnel from Belmont, Boscawen, Canterbury, Chichester, Epsom, Loudon, Pembroke, Penacook, Pittsfield and Tilton-Northfield.

Wright said vehicles weren’t able to get close enough to nearby New Pond last night to draw water, so tanker trucks had to bring in water to fight the fire.

Last night’s blaze was the second big house fire in Canterbury in four days. A house on Randall Road was destroyed in a fire that began shortly before midnight Thursday.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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