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July 30, 2020
NORTHFIELD At 12:44 a.m., on Sunday, July 26, Tilton-Northfield Fire & EMS was dispatched to 133 Park St. in Northfield for the report of a building fire at Ciao Pasta restaurant. Arriving at the scene a few minutes later they found heavy fire in the rear of the building as well as large volumes of smoke emanating from the roof, and quickly requested a First Alarm to bring in nearby mutual aid companies along with companies who could provide station coverage.

Upon arrival, Deputy Chief Tim Joubert said multiple hand lines from their Engine 3 truck were put into action to prevent flames from spreading to the rest of the building. Once fire fighters were able to gain access to the establishment, entry crews determined that the fire had also spread into the roof. The incident command then called for a second alarm to bring in more resources to battle the flames.

"Interior crews were unable to make significant progress due to the number of contents inside the building, making movement very difficult. A partial roof collapse occurred, and all interior companies exited the building," Joubert reported in his press release.

At that time, crews then moved to a defensive operation, fighting the fire from the exterior of the building. Two ladder trucks that were brought in provided a larger volume of water that was able to eventually extinguish a majority of the fire.

TNFD Captain Matt Gilman said, "The first arriving crews gave an outstanding effort. Their ability to quickly and safely get water on the fire kept the fire from spreading into other nearby buildings."

Among those buildings is a popular convenience store and gas station.

The fire was declared under control at 3:30 a.m. and the scene was cleared at 4 a.m. Due to the extent of the damage however, the building is considered a total loss. The cause of the blaze was not able to be determined on Sunday, but remained under investigation.

Joining Tilton-Northfield Fire & EMS companies in battling the fire were crews and equipment from Belmont, Concord, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia and Sanbornton, with assistance from Northfield Police Department. Station coverage during the incident was provided by the Gilmanton and New Hampton fire departments.

There were no reports of injuries to either firefighters or civilians.

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