Red Cross helps fire victims

by Christian Mower on April 28, 2014

The chief of the Tuftonboro Fire Rescue Department says the Red Cross is helping six family members who were displaced after a house fire in Tuftonboro early Friday morning.

Adam Thompson credits an alert neighbor, William Stockman, who was leaving his home to go to work shortly before 2 a.m., with noticing a fire at a neighbor’s one and a half story home, calling 911 and banging on the home’s doors to wake the occupants.

Firefighters responded to 236 Middle Rd. and the chief got there first, finding heavy fire in the front entryway, on the vinyl siding and in the basement and attic.

The chief confirmed everyone was out and then used his own fire extinguisher to knock the fire down. A few minutes later crews entered the house and put the fire out.

A pet bird is missing but all other occupants, including the family dog, made it out safely.

The home suffered moderate damage. Thompson says it had no working smoke detectors and the occupants weren’t aware of the fire until Stockman started banging on the doors.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause.

Tuftonboro firefighters were assisted by fire departments from Center Ossipee, Ossipee Corner, Wolfeboro and Moultonborough – as well as Tuftonboro Police, Stewarts Ambulance and New Hampshire Electric Co-op.