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Firefighters battle back blaze that broke loose in Antrim garage 

  • Firefighters battle blaze that broke loose in a four-car garage in Antrim on Wednesday, July 11, 2017. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Firefighters battle blaze that broke loose in a four-car garage in Antrim on Wednesday, July 11, 2017. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Firefighters battle blaze that broke loose in a four-car garage in Antrim on Wednesday, July 11. Staff photo by Abby Kessler

  • Firefighters battle blaze that broke loose in a four-car garage in Antrim on Wednesday, July 11, 2017. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Firefighters battle blaze that broke loose in a four-car garage in Antrim on Wednesday, July 11, 2017. (Abby Kessler / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Abby Kessler—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More than four decades worth of tools, two luxury vehicles, and three all-terrain vehicles were some of the items lost in a garage fire that broke loose at a house on Clinton Road in Antrim on Wednesday.

Richard Holt, who owns the property, said he was out on one of his nightly walks when he received from his wife Donna, who said there was smoke billowing out of the top of a detached garage on their property.

“I started walking fast and then I saw the smoke and I started running,” Holt said.

Holt and his son tried to put out the fire using hoses and fire extinguishers. He said they had the blaze largely contained for a time but then ran out of materials to stifle the flame. By the time town fire crews arrived on scene around 6:30 p.m., Holt said the fire was “fully involved.”

Antrim Fire Chief Marshall Gale said firefighters from a number of towns responded to the call on Wednesday. He said they were rotating crews in and out of the building as outside temperatures soared into the 80s.

“It can get dangerous pretty fast on hot nights,” Gale said of the work.

It’s still unclear what caused the fire to ignite, although Gale suspects it likely started from one of the machines stored in the structure. 

Holt said the last firefighter stayed until around 11 p.m. that night.

He said everything in the garage is a totaled, which accounts for “lots of tens of thousands of dollars” in losses.

Holt said there were two vehicles, a 1990 Mercedes-Benz convertible and a Cadillac that suffered extensive damage during the fire. He said the Mercedes used to be pearl white, and the Cadillac was recently painted red. Both are now dark gray or black.

As for the ATVs, they are “totally gone.”

“It really hurts,” he said of the loss.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.