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Fire Destroys Lebanon Home



Thursday, September 25, 2014
Lebanon — A single-family home was gutted on Wednesday by a late afternoon fire that was well underway by the time firefighters arrived. The cause remains under investigation.

Firefighters responded shortly after 3 p.m. to reports of smoke and heavy flames on the second floor of the house at 6 Chambers Circle, off Route 10 near the line with Hanover, Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos said.

No one was home at the time of the blaze, Christopolous said, and there were no reported injuries.

A neighbor, Geoffrey Douglas, said he called in the fire at about 3:15 p.m. after seeing smoke and fire. The plume of smoke that eventually rose from the blaze was visible from miles 
away.

At 3:45, firefighters still were working to extinguish flames on the second floor and in the attic, and at 4 p.m., they were hosing down the central staircase, visible through the south wall, which had largely burned 
away.

The roof and another wall of the house, a brown clapboard structure perched on a hill in a shady clearing, were gone, save a few isolated timbers.

“This kind of damage? Other than perhaps the foundation, it’s a total loss,” Lebanon Fire Captain Andy White said.

The garage, attached by a short breezeway to the mostly gutted house, could possibly be salvaged, he added.

Due to the scope of the damage, it was unclear where or how the fire started, Christopoulos 
said.

“We have no idea what caused it,” he said.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office has been asked to investigate.

The city Assessor’s Office valued the land and improvements at 6 Chambers Circle at $459,500 in 2013, and lists the owners as Susan and Daniel Thompson. According to the assessor’s website, the house was built in 1995 and the Thompsons bought the property in 2003.

Susan Thompson, who arrived on the scene at about 4 p.m., declined to be interviewed.

Firefighters from Enfield, Hanover and Lebanon responded, along with police and rescue workers.

Rob Wolfe can be reached at rwolfe@vnews.com or 603-727-3242.