Two-alarm fire in Sharon destroys garage workshop

  • A fire consumed a garage at 81 Turnpike Road in Sharon early Monday morning, May 3, 2021. Courtesy photo

  • A fire consumed a garage at 81 Turnpike Road in Sharon early Monday morning, May 3, 2021. Courtesy image—

  • A fire consumed a garage at 81 Turnpike Road in Sharon early Monday morning, May 3, 2021. Courtesy image—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/3/2021 3:18:05 PM

There were no injuries in a two-alarm garage fire that broke out in Sharon early Monday morning.

The garage workshop at 81 Turnpike Road was “fully involved” and fire was spreading to the adjacent log cabin-style home when Jaffrey Assistant Fire Chief Keith Dupuis arrived first on the scene, Peterborough Fire Chief Ed Walker said. 

A second alarm call went out just before 5 a.m. Engines from New Ipswich and Jaffrey arrived next, and firefighters extinguished the house before moving on to the garage, Walker said. The house’s log cabin construction meant that there was no interior damage, although the facade and roof burned.  The garage was extinguished by 7 a.m., he said.

The two adults in the house were able to evacuate themselves, their dog, and cat, and no injuries were reported on the scene, Walker said.

The garage had been used as a workshop, and the fire was apparently caused by some rags that had recently been used to apply stain and urethane to furniture, Walker said. “Even when they appear to be dry, oily rags or rags with urethane can be the cause for fires,” he said. Always follow the chemical manufacturer’s instructions for safe disposal of materials when working with potentially flammable chemicals, he said.

New Ipswich, Temple, and Peterborough fire fighters ultimately joined Jaffrey on the scene, Walker said, and Hancock, Rindge, Troy, and Greenfield also assisted.


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