No one injured in Peterborough house fire

  • A Carley Road home in Peterborough was destroyed in a fire early Monday morning. Photo by Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker

  • A Carley Road home in Peterborough was destroyed in a fire early Monday morning. Feb. 11, 2019 Photo by Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker

  • A Carley Road home in Peterborough was destroyed in a fire early Monday morning. Feb. 11, 2019 Photo by Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker

  • A Carley Road home in Peterborough was destroyed in a fire early Monday morning. Feb. 11, 2019 Photo by Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker

  • Peterborough firefighters were still on the scene of a house fire on Carley Road Monday morning around 9 a.m. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce—

  • Peterborough firefighters were still on the scene of a house fire on Carley Road Monday morning around 9 a.m. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce—

  • Peterborough firefighters on the scene of a Carley Road house fire around 9 a.m. Monday morning. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce—

  • Peterborough firefighters on the scene of a Carley Road house fire around 9 a.m. Monday morning. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/11/2019 11:14:36 AM

No one was injured in a house fire that devoured an unoccupied Carley Road home in Peterborough early Monday morning.

“No firefighters were injured, which is always a good thing,” Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker said Monday.

Firefighters were called to the scene, 241 Carley Road, at 5:04 a.m. on Monday.

“The original call was for a report of a house fire,” Walker said. “It was called in by a neighbor at 227 Carley Road.”

Police arrived just ahead of police and reported the house was fully involved in flames.

According to the neighbor no one was living in the house, Walker said. Firefighters also observed there were no vehicles parked at the home.

“Indications were the house was vacant so we shifted to an exterior attack,” he said.

The fire was under control in about an hour, but firefighters were still on scene late Monday morning watching hot spots.

“We still have an engine up there because there’s still engagement in the basement,” Walker said Monday morning.

While attacking the blaze, firefighters successfully kept the fire from spreading to a detached garage near the home.

“Our biggest concern was the fire extending to the garage,” Walker said. “There was a little bit of wind. We were fortunate the wind was blowing away from the garage. That did help a little bit in the beginning.”

Walker said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. As of Monday morning, the fire was not completely out so firefighters had yet to do a thorough investigation of the scene.

No one had been living in the home, but it was currently being renovated.

“The neighbor said that there had been a contractor working at the house. They had been in and out most days,” Walker said. “There’s really nothing suspicious at this time.”

According to town tax records, the home is owned by Joseph A. Bellofatto.

Firefighters from Jaffrey, Hancock, Temple, Dublin, Antrim and Milford assisted on the scene. Jaffrey Ambulance along with New Ipswich, Bennington and Wilton fire departments covered the Peterborough fire station during the fire.


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