2017-02-16 / Front Page

Blaze destroys Newport home

NEWPORT — Electrical wiring in the basement area was blamed for a fire on Tuesday, AN EARLY-MORNING FIRE destroyed this home at 1 Sandy Lane in Newport Tuesday morning. Several area fire departments were called in to assist Newport in fighting the blaze. — CAMERON PAQUETTE PHOTOAN EARLY-MORNING FIRE destroyed this home at 1 Sandy Lane in Newport Tuesday morning. Several area fire departments were called in to assist Newport in fighting the blaze. — CAMERON PAQUETTE PHOTOFeb. 14 that destroyed the home of Tammy Hamilton at 1 Sandy Lane.


According to records in the Newport Tax Department, the house was assessed for $124,600 and the inground pool and outbuildings, $12,600, for a total of $137,200.


The blaze was reported to the Newport Police Department Emergency Communications Center at 6:33 a.m.


Enroute to the area a fire department officer reported smoke showing from the nearby area of Newport High School and requested a first alarm.


Upon arrival of the first fire apparatus, the single-story ranch with attached garage had heavy fire coming through the roof on the back of the building and a second alarm was requested.


Newport Fire Department crews made entry with attack lines in the back door of the building and started to attack the fire. A primary search was made by crews and one cat was found alive in the basement and was removed.


Firefighters were removed from the building due to heavy fire advancement in the roof area. The homeowner arrived on scene and reported two additional cats and one dog were missing.


Responding to the scene were members of the Newport Police Department and Eversource along with fire units from Claremont, Goshen, Lempster, and New London. Covering the Newport Fire Station were the Croydon and Newbury fire departments.


The fire was deemed under control at 7:43 a.m., according to Newport Fire Chief Wayne Conroy. Crews made entry back into the building for overhaul.


The missing dog was located on the first floor, dug out of the debris and taken into the Newport Ambulance where it was warmed up and given oxygen. The dog was taken by a family member to the veterinary clinic for evaluation. All fire apparatus cleared at 11:08 a.m.


A joint investigation is being conducted by Newport Fire-EMS and Newport Police Department members. Anyone with further information regarding the fire or with questions is asked to contact Chief Conroy.


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