Second-alarm fire displaces family in Webster

  • Firefighters battled a second-alarm blaze on Corn Hill Road in Webster on Wednesday night. Courtesy of Jay L. Heath

  • Firefighters were called to the fire at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Firefighters battle a two-alarm blaze on Corn Hill Road in Webster on Wednesday evening. Photos courtesy of Jay Heath

Monitor staff
Published: 4/18/2019 4:37:34 PM

Firefighters from several area towns battled a second-alarm house fire late Wednesday night in Webster that displaced a family and their dog.

The three-bedroom home at 1036 Corn Hill Road suffered extensive smoke and water damage but is not a total loss, Webster Fire Chief Emmett Bean Sr. said by phone Thursday.

“The upstairs took it the worst,” Bean said. “We had heavy fire showing in the rear of the building on arrival, and it had started to travel inside the structure.”

Exactly what caused the fire remains under investigation.

Firefighters responded to Corn Hill Road at roughly 11:45 p.m. for a report of a structure fire that was quickly upgraded to a second-alarm call. That upgraded call brought in assistance from other towns to increase the water supply and manpower. The neighborhood has a dry hydrant system which firefighters tapped into to bring water to the scene, Bean said.

“Everything went like clockwork for us,” he said.

A man and a woman were home asleep at the time the fire broke out. Bean said they awoke to smoke but made it out unharmed with their dog.

“There were no working smoke detectors in the house,” he said. “We did meet with the landowners today and they are working with their insurance company on next steps.”

The Red Cross also responded to the scene early Thursday morning to assist residents. According to town property records, the home is owned by Dana Allen Collins.

While the home was not destroyed, it is uninhabitable at this time and will have to be gutted, Bean said.

Crews from Boscawen, Bow, Canterbury, Concord, Hopkinton, Salisbury and Warner assisted Webster in fighting the fire. All emergency personnel did not clear the scene Thursday until about 3 a.m.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319 or at adandrea@cmonitor.com.)



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