New Ipswich family loses home and possibly pets to fire, teen suffers minor burns

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. (April 17, 2019) Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. (April 17, 2019) Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. (April 17, 2019) Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. (April 17, 2019) Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. (April 17, 2019) Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. (April 17, 2019) Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. (April 17, 2019) Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. (April 17, 2019) Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a fire early Wednesday morning. (April 17, 2019) Staff photo by MEGHAN PIERCE—

  • The front of a New Ipswich home was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived on scene around 3:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. Courtesy Photo by New Ipswich Deputy Fire Chief Gary Somero

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/17/2019 9:54:51 AM

A Greenville Road home in New Ipswich was destroyed by a three-alarm fire early Wednesday morning, displacing a family of four who escaped the flames.

“The house is pretty well destroyed,” New Ipswich Deputy Fire Chief Gary Somero said on scene Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were called to 283 Greenville Road shortly after 3 a.m., Somero said. A family of four, two adults and two teenagers, were safe outside of the house when the first firefighters arrived on scene around 3:20 a.m. “They all got out OK,” Somero said.

“First arriving personnel found heavy fire coming from the front of the building on both the first and second floors and a second and then a third alarm was struck,” New Ipswich Fire Chief Meredith Lund said in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters first attempted an interior attack of the fire, but due to the amount of fire, the firefighters moved to an exterior attack, Somero said. “We do believe it started in the front part of the residence, for sure,” Somero said.

It took firefighters about two hours to knock down the fire, he said.

“The fire was declared under control at approximately 7:30 a.m,” Lund wrote. “There is heavy damage to the structure.”

Wednesday afternoon, Lund said in a phone interview that one of the teens was injured in the fire but had been taken to the hospital by a neighbor for treatment. “One of the teens had minor burns to her hand.”

On scene in the morning, Somero said one of the family’s cats had been found but their dog was missing. “There was a dog and a cat. We found the cat, the dog we’re not sure about,” he said.

Lund said she had returned to the scene in the afternoon. She said while two of the family’s three cats had been found, one cat was missing along with the dog. Lund said the animals had not been found in the aftermath of the fire. “(The family) seems to think that they ran off.”

Lund didn’t know the name of the family, but the home is owned by Leslie Griffin, according to town tax records.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be undetermined, she said. “It’s not suspicious.”

There were no firefighter injuries, Lund said.

The family was assisted by the Red Cross in the morning and currently plans to stay with friends and family, she said.

New Ipswich firefighters were assisted on scene by the Greenville, Jaffrey, Peterborough, Mason, Temple and Milford fire departments, Southwest Fire Mutual Aid and fire crews from the Massachusetts towns of Ashby and Townsend.

Wilton Firefighters covered the New Ipswich station during the fire and Peterborough Ambulance stood by at the scene.

Lund is asking anyone with information about the missing cat or dog to call New Ipswich police.


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