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Fires damage homes in Ossipee, Wakefield

November 19, 2009
REGION – Separate fires damaged homes in Wakefield and Ossipee this past weekend.

No injuries were reported.

The NH Fire Marshal's Office is assisting the local fire departments with an investigation.

In Ossipee on Sunday evening, crews were dispatched at 7:18 p.m. to "the white building behind Lobster Quest" after a Tamworth firefighter passing by reported seeing an attic fire at the house.

The house, located at 954 Route 16 was unoccupied and the owner, John Dusvitch said he was in the process of making minor upgrades to the home preparing for tenants to move in. Dusvitch also owns Lobster Quest Restaurant located on the same property.

Firefighters were on scene within six minutes as the Ossipee Corner station was manned with crews who had just returned from a medical aid call.

They found heavy fire on the second floor and in the attic area as well as fire on the first floor.

The emergency response escalated to a second alarm status calling in help from Center Ossipee, West Ossipee, Wakefield, Wolfeboro, Effingham, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, and Milton.

The house sits atop a steep knoll which limited access for responding crews. In addition, the fire was well-developed in the older wood frame home when crews arrived and a partial roof collapse later occurred, all hindering fire suppression efforts.

A large group of bystanders gathered to watch from across Route 16 as crews battled the fire. Water to fight the fire was taken from Duncan Lake at the end of Harper's Ferry Road.

Crews cleared the scene just after midnight.

In East Wakefield, firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at a 20 by 20 foot wood framed cottage at 226 North Shore Road. The initial call came in from county dispatch to the Wakefield fire station at 8:54 a.m., according to Fire Department Lt. Sam Morrill. Arriving crews found the one and a half story building fully involved with two nearby buildings at risk of catching fire. Morrill said the cottage was a total loss and that the fire melted the vinyl siding off the nearby camp. Fire crews hosed water on the nearby structures to prevent them from going up in flames as well. Crews from Newfield and Acton, Maine, Ossipee Corner, Milton and Effingham assisted at the scene with MedStar ambulance standing by.

Martin Lord & Osman
Varney Smith
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