Nothing But War Medals After The Fire

Haverhill NH-"These are the hard ones, we had wind blowing. When we got here it was already so vented, so any wind coming was already going though." Haverhill Town Fire Department Chief Phillip Blanchard said as 45 firefighters fought a structure fire on Dartmouth College Highway. 

Chief Blanchard said fire departments got the call for a large fire in Haverhill NH at 839 Dartmouth College Highway at about 2:34p.m. yesterday afternoon. Nine departments were called on a 2nd alarm assignment, bringing approximately 45 firefighters to the scene. Including North Haverhill (NH) FD, Haverhill Corner (NH) FD, Newbury (VT) FD, Woodsville (NH) FD, West Newbury (VT) FD, Bradford (NH) FD, Wells River (VT) FD, Orford (NH) FD, and Bath (NH) FD. "The fire started on the first floor near the woodstove. When our first crews arrived we had fire going up the wall and it burned through the beams in the attic," Chief Blanchard described. 

The entire right side of the house was burnt to a crisp, and the left side of the house was covered in foam. It took fire crews about three hours to make sure the fire was completely out. Cheif Blanchard said the fire was deemed under control at approximately 4p.m.The home is owned by Jen and RJ Fulton, the house was said to have been built around 1890. As crews were trying to put out the fire, the family stood outside watching. Most of their possessions were completely destroyed. "It's pretty much a total loss, we were actually able to go in and find a lot of old war medals that the family wanted," Chief Blanchard explained. Some animals were also found dead in the home as well. 

No firefighters were hurt in the process of putting out the fire, but Chief Blanchard said that by the time they arrived the fire had been going for about fifteen minutes. After the blaze was put out, fire fighters started taking down the foundation to avoid any flames that might still have been burning. Clean up went until about 5:30 and firefighters were navigating cars through the road. Chief Blanchard says fire crews were back at the stations at 6p.m.