An early morning fire destroyed an Ossipee home Sept. 1. The cause of the fire at 383 Ossipee Mountain Road remains under investigation. (Photo by Mellisa Seamans) (click for larger version)
September 05, 2019OSSIPEE — An early morning fire destroyed an Ossipee home Sept. 1. The cause of the fire at 383 Ossipee Mountain Road remains under investigation.
According to Center Ossipee Fire Chief Dana Cullen, Jr., his department was called to the reported building fire at 4:23 a.m. On his arrival, he found a 30-by-40-foot house engulfed and the fire had started to burn the garage.
A second alarm was sounded, calling fire crews from West Ossipee, Ossipee Corner, Effingham, Freedom, Wakefield, Tamworth, Madison and Tuftonboro. They were able to extinguish the garage fire, saving most of the contents but the home was a total loss.
A downed power line hampered the initial operations, said Cullen, Jr., until NH Electric Cooperative arrived and was able to secure the power. Ossipee Police and CarePlus Ambulance also assisted.
The fire was contained in five hours. Water supply was set up at the Connor Pond boat launch and a tanker shuttle used to get water to the scene, with an estimated 45,000 gallons used. In total 42 personnel worked at the scene. One firefighter was treated and released on scene for fatigue. The estimated property value loss is $250,000. According to Town records the property is owned by Michael Clancy.
The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office is assisting with the investigation.