Fire wrecks house on Lake Raponda in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON — A vacation home on Lake Raponda was destroyed in a fire Monday night.

Wilmington Fire Chief Scott Moore said he has "no clue" what started the blaze on West Lake Road.

"It's really kind of hard to tell because it was such a loss at that time," he said. "I don't believe it was suspicious."

He said the call came in at about 5:30 p.m. Monday after someone reported seeing the fire.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. Moore said by the time firefighters arrived, it was "fully involved."

"We had to lay 1,800 feet of large diameter hose," he said. "It was quite a ways out."

That prompted his department to strike a second alarm. Tanks and firefighters came from East Dover, West Dover, Readsboro and Colrain, Mass. Brattleboro and Marlboro covered the Wilmington station. Deerfield Valley Rescue assisted. And a Wilmington police officer also was at the scene.

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Moore said the fire was deemed under control by 11 or 11:30 p.m. But firefighters went back out to the scene at about midnight after the fire rekindled.

"It was just a small little fire someone had seen from the road," Moore said. "So we weren't done with the fire until about 1."

He said he does not know where the family resides full time. Their house in Wilmington was two stories with a walk-in basement.

The geography made for some difficulty. Moore said the house was uphill and at the end of the West Lake Road, which faces Lake Raponda Road on the other side of the water.

Asked about challenges, he said, "We had a little problem with water from one of our dry hydrants. But other than that, we went to plan B with another hydrant."

There were no injuries reported.

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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