Golf carts and other vehicles go up in smoke

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  • A firefighter hoses down a dumpster behind at Kingston’s Karts on Route 4 where a fire broke out Wednesday.

  • A firefighter hoses down the trees in back of what is left of the inventory at Kingston’s Karts on Route 4 in Epsom on Wednesday afternoon. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • A firefighter hoses down what is left of the back inventory at Kingston's Karts on Route 4 in Epsom on Wednesday afternoon, May 26, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A Pittsfield firefighter in full gear hoses down what is left of the back inventory at Kingston's Karts on Route 4 in Epsom on Wednesday afternoon, May 26, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A firefighter hoses down what is left of the back inventory of golf carts at Kingston’s Karts on Route 4 in Epsom on Wednesday afternoon. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • A firefighter hoses down the trees in back of what is left of the inventory at Kingston's Karts on Route 4 in Epsom on Wednesday afternoon, May 26, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A firefighter hoses down the trees in back of what is left of the inventory at Kingston's Karts on Route 4 in Epsom on Wednesday afternoon, May 26, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A trail of thick black smoke rose above Dover Road in Epsom on Wednesday after a three-alarm fire destroyed dozens of golf carts and spread to the nearby brush. —Courtesy

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Published: 5/26/2021 4:37:58 PM

A trail of thick black smoke rose above Dover Road in Epsom on Wednesday after a three-alarm fire destroyed dozens of golf carts and spread to the nearby brush.

No one was hurt, but the damage included walls that had melted from the heat, as well as the destroyed vehicles out back. Firefighters were still at the scene in the afternoon, and the cause remained under investigation.

Other nearby businesses, like the Concord Hospital Lab Medical Offices East, located at 1990 Dover Road, did not appear to sustain any damage.

Dave Kingston’s Karts, located at 2008 Dover Road, lost a large portion of its inventory, which included golf carts and other motorized vehicles in the back of the building, all lined up in neat rows. It was unclear what caused the smoke to blacken as it did.

“We’re still investigating everything at this point,” Epsom Fire Chief Stewart Yeaton said at the scene. “The best way to say it is that the first (fire) started somewhere around the golf carts in the backyard. We haven’t gotten the full count yet of how many golf carts were burning. Quite a few.”

Firefighters from Chichester and Pembroke assisted the Epsom Fire Department, incorporating at least 12 towns, said Yeaton, who added that the flames traveled up pine trees, necessitating the need for the third alarm. Yeaton said wind made the fire harder to control.

“This was a commercial building taking some very serious heat,” Yeaton said.

Route 4 was closed for a period of time starting in the afternoon. Firefighters from some of the supporting towns had left the area by early afternoon, but Yeaton and his staff remained on the scene and had no idea how much longer they’d need to finish the job.

“We’re going to be here for an extended period of time,” the chief said.

Kingston’s Karts’ website says Dave Kingston has been in business for 14 years. The business sells golf carts, street-legal electric vehicles, go-karts, scooters, four-wheelers, side-by-side vehicles and utility vehicles.

It was unclear which vehicles suffered the most damage or exactly how many were burned.


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