The chief of the North Conway Fire Dept. was back at the scene Monday morning of a house fire on West Side Rd. in North Conway he says destroyed the unoccupied home, leaving all three floors collapsed into basement rubble.
Pat Preece says the 3-story all wood colonial at 1948 West Side Rd. was fully engulfed in flames when his firefighters arrived at the scene Sunday after being called out shortly before 3:15 a.m.
North Conway Ambulance, Conway Fire and fire departments from Bartlett and Redstone also responded. Conway Police were at the scene and the highway department was called to treat the wet road surface.
The home of chiropractor Dr. Leo Kenney was empty and undergoing renovation – Preece says 40 foot flames burned bark on nearby trees and looked like a big orange glow from his station house.
The road was closed while responders worked at the scene. Cold temperatures, a stiff north wind and freezing water running down the driveway complicated the efforts of the more than two dozen firefighters at the scene. The chief says initially he was nervous someone may have been inside the house because there was a pickup truck parked in the driveway. No one was hurt.
WMWV 93.5 Morning Weather Show contributor Ed Bergeron – who lives a few doors down on West Side Rd.- says when he went to take his measurements Sunday morning he saw ash on the snow.
The last fire unit cleared the scene shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday.
The New Hampshire fire marshal’s office has also been contacted and Preece says the cause of the fire is being investigated – an investigation that probably will be completed by an insurance company. At this point the cause is not considered suspicious – the chief says it may have been something electrical-related that started in the northeast part of the building.