Unscathed fire victims 'extremely lucky'

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GRAFTON — An early morning fire roused three occupants into the cold.

"They did get out safely, with just the bedclothes on their back," said Grafton Fire Chief Rich Thompson. "They were on the third floor, they were telling me. They were extremely lucky they got out unhurt."

His department received a call at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday for a fire in a single family home at 2387 Fisher Hill Road. The fire was deemed under control between 5 and 6 a.m.

The house is considered a total loss. No injuries were reported.

Thompson said the occupants had to walk some distance to get cell service to report the fire. He lives nearby but the fire was considered fully involved by the time he arrived on scene.

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Water supply is always a challenge in Grafton, Thompson said, noting high turnout among mutual aid companies helped Sunday.

"It all worked out," he said.

Crews came from Brookline, Newfane, Rockingham, Saxtons River, Walpole, N.H. and Westminster. Red Cross also came to help the occupants, however, the Grafton Fire & Rescue Auxiliary had already "rounded them up a bunch of clothes, helped feed them and all that," said Thompson. "They got them accommodations at the Grafton Inn. They gave them the last two rooms."

A cause for the fire has not been determined. Thompson did not expect to determine a cause for the fire. He said it was "definitely not suspicious."

Thompson said the house was older and occupied at the time of the fire by part-time residents. He reported seeing Massachusetts license plates.

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


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