Peterborough blaze escalates to third alarm, no injuries reported

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PETERBOROUGH — Firefighters from multiple departments responded to a major house fire at 45 Cranberry Meadow Rd. on Wednesday evening that escalated to a third alarm, calling for extensive mutual aid.

The initial call for a first alarm came at approximately 7:40 p.m., with Peterborough Fire & Rescue leading the response.

On arrival, the commanding officer, identified as 24C1, immediately requested a second alarm due to the house being fully engulfed in flames.

Mutual aid was provided by fire departments from Jaffrey, Bennington, Antrim, Dublin, Hancock, Greenfield, New Ipswich, Temple, and Milford.

The collaborative effort was necessary to manage the blaze, which prompted a third alarm shortly after, bringing in additional resources.

Despite the challenging cold temperatures that required assistance from Peterborough’s Department of Public Works for sanding, there were no reported injuries, and all animals were safely evacuated from the premises.

The incident is currently under investigation by Peterborough officials and the New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office (NHFMO).

In a follow-up incident at approximately 11:00 a.m. the next day, crews were dispatched to the same location for what was initially thought to be an investigation but was quickly upgraded to a first alarm after the first responding fire officer confirmed a rekindle of the fire.

Mutual aid once again was provided by the Jaffrey Fire Department, Temple Volunteer Fire Department, Antrim Fire & Ambulance, and Dublin Fire Department.

The Antrim cover truck was redirected to assist on-site, while the Hancock NH Fire Department provided coverage for Peterborough during the rekindle incident.

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