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‘Suspicious’ 2-alarm Fire Destroys Dunstable Home

July 8, 2018

DUNSTABLE -- A two-alarm fire swept through a home at the corner of Main and Thorndike streets early Saturday morning.

Fire Chief Brian Rich said the department began getting calls about the fire around 1:20 a.m. The fire engulfed the two-story home, which had been unoccupied for about six months, and the scene was not cleared until about 5:30 a.m.

There were no injuries, according to Rich, but as for the home, he said, “there’s nothing left.”

“At this time the cause is undetermined,” Rich said. “We’re looking into all aspects.”

Officials said the first firefighters to arrive ordered a second alarm, bringing mutual aid from Pepperell, Groton and Tyngsboro, and Nashua and Hollis, New Hampshire.

“The main challenge was there’s no hydrants in that area, so we had to use tank trucks to shuttle water to that scene,” Rich said.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the incident. Although Rich did not say whether arson is suspected, those with information on the fire are encouraged to call the Arson Watch Reward Program at 800-682-9229.

Up to $5,000 can be rewarded for information that helps to detect an arson.