Second-alarm fire kills dog, kittens in Boscawen

  • A second-alarm fire on High Street in Boscawen caused significant damage on the evening of Aug. 6, 2020. A dog and kittens were killed in the blaze. —Courtesy

  • A second-alarm fire on High Street in Boscawen caused significant damage on the evening of Aug. 6, 2020. A dog and kittens were killed in the blaze. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 8/7/2020 12:34:07 PM

A fire caused extensive damage to a single-family home, garage and barn in Boscawen on Thursday and killed a dog and kittens.

Fire Chief Timothy Kenney arrived first to the fire scene at 437 High St. and immediately called for a second-alarm response. The 911 call was received shortly after 10:30 p.m.

“I had 75 percent of the home, garage and a burn that were fully involved,” Kenney said by phone Friday morning. “Only 25 percent of the home had no fire showing when I got there.”

Two adults and a child safely made it out of the ranch-style home prior to Kenney’s arrival. No people were injured in the fire, but several pets did perish.

“We did get one dog and one kitten safely out of the home,” he said.

Kenney said he spoke with the homeowners early Friday morning, once the scene was contained, and believes he knows what started the blaze. The homeowners said they were raising chicks in their barn and were powering electrical heat lamps to keep the chicks warm.

“Unfortunately, we do see that quite often,” Kenney said of fires that start from heat lamps. “It’s important that the lamp is secured and is a good distance away from anything combustible, and don’t use an extension cord.”

The property at 437 High St. is off the beaten path, and so firefighters did have to use tanker trucks to get water to the scene, Kenney said. 

“The fire was close to some trees and shrubs along the property line that did burn but we didn’t have a brush fire,” he said.

Boscawen firefighters were in the area for more than three hours. They were assisted by crews from Concord, Loudon, Salisbury, Warner and Webster.

The Red Cross also responded to assist the family with resources and temporary shelter.


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