Guilford fire 'could be suspicious'


GUILFORD >> An abandoned structure was destroyed early Friday morning after a suspicious fire struck at just after 1 a.m.

A first alarm for a cabin fire off Sweet Pond Road was sent out around 1: 10 a.m. According to Captain Timothy Cleveland of the Guilford Fire Department, it took crews just under and hour until the fire was deemed under control, but an additional 90 minutes to two hours was spent extinguishing the hot spots. Upon arrival the structure was fully involved and the first unit did not believe anyone was inside.

"State investigators were called to investigate the cause. There is no power to the structure and nobody is reportedly living there," said Cleveland. "We are thinking that something could be suspicious, but we are not sure, that is up to the investigators."

Mutual aid from Brattleboro, Vernon, Bernaston, Mass., Chesterfield, N.H., Dummerston covered. A pond down the road was used as the water supply. Cleveland said the set-up process "took a little bit longer" because the water supply was low due to the lack of rain.

No one sustained any injuries.

Maddi Shaw can be reached at 802-254-2311 ext 275


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