×

Detached garage destroyed in fire

  • A fire Sunday night on Middle Hancock Road destroyed a three-bay garage.  —Courtesy photo

  • A fire Sunday night on Middle Hancock Road destroyed a three-bay garage.  Courtesy photo

  • A fire Sunday night on Middle Hancock Road destroyed a three-bay garage.  —Courtesy photo

  • A fire Sunday night on Middle Hancock Road destroyed a three-bay garage.  —Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, January 15, 2018

A late-evening fire on Sunday night in Peterborough completely destroyed a large detached garage and its contents, which included multiple vehicles.

The Peterborough Fire & Rescue Department responded to the scene at 555 Middle Hancock Road just after 10 p.m. Before they were even able to arrive, the garage was fully engulfed, said Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker in an interview Monday morning. Crews called for a second alarm while they were en route.

“The garage and all the contents were a total loss,” said Walker.

The garage was large, estimated to be 45’ by 45’, containing three bays, but was detached from the house and located a good distance from other structures, accessed by a separate driveway, said Walker. When crews arrived, the owner of the property, Blair Weiss, cautioned that there were multiple vehicles as well as acetylene and oxygen tanks inside. Firefighters attacked the fire from the exterior with handlines, and within an hour were able to extinguish it.

Crews spent the next hour going through the debris searching for lingering hotspots or embers, and left a truck at the scene overnight as a precautionary measure, said Walker. 

Walker said that interviews with the homeowner were still being conducted and that the Fire Department had yet to determine what caused the blaze. The fire remains under investigation by the Peterborough Fire & Rescue Department. 

Peterborough crews were assisted on scene by the Peterborough Police and fire crews from Hancock, Jaffrey, Dublin, New Ipswich, Hillsborough, Greenfield, Milford, and Antrim. Additional crews from Temple, Marlborough, and Rindge covered the Peterborough station. Eversource also assisted at the scene with securing the power to the building.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.