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Fire destroys unoccupied luxury tour bus on Rte. 302 East

Flames destroyed an unoccupied luxury tour bus on Wednesday afternoon on Rte. 302 in the Bretton Woods section of Carroll. Photo by Connie Oliver. (click for larger version)
January 30, 2013
BRETTON WOODS — The Twin Mountain Fire Department was dispatched to what was described as a car fire at 3:11 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon on Route 302 East, according to Capt. Jeremy Oleson. As soon as he saw the size of the luxury tour bus located between the railroad track crossing and the Lodge at Bretton Woods motel plus the rapidity with which the flames were engulfing the behemoth, he requested a tanker from the Bethlehem Fire Department.

Twin F.D. Lt. Tadd Bailey, who also serves in the police department, and firefighter Mike Rouillard made the initial assault to ensure the bus that had originated in the Bay State was unoccupied. Apparently the bus had broken down earlier in the afternoon, and the driver and all belongings on board were picked up by another tour bus. Water on board Twin's responding fire engine was used, supplemented by a Class A foam system, Oleson explained, adding that Interim Fire chief Marc Brodeur was on site. "We knocked down the fire pretty good with 800 gallons of water," Oleson said, noting that the scene was cleared at 4:56 p.m. Twelve-plus firefighters responded. Police Chief john Trammel drove a second fire engine to the site.

The fire appeared to have started in the engine compartment located at the rear of the bus and spread forward to the grille. The bus is a total loss; its skeleton was taken from the scene on a flatbed supplied by John's Towing of Concord, Oleson said.

The highway was closed by NHDOT for an extended period of time. Twin's First Responders are kept busy on the town's two major intersecting highways — Rte. 3 that connects Boston, Mass. to Canada, and Rte. 302 that links Portland, Me. to Burlington, Vt.

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