Sunday, February 10, 2019
Fire damages Lyme home but occupants get out safely

LYME — No one was injured in a three-alarm house fire that brought crews from at least nine towns to Maple Lane in Lyme on Saturday night.

Damage was extensive enough to make the home uninhabitable but not permanently.

The Lyme Fire Department responded to the fire just before 11 p.m. on Saturday, according to Lyme Fire Chief Michael Mundy.

The home’s four occupants were alerted to the blaze by smoke detectors and made it out of the home safely, he said.

There were no pets.

The fire likely began in the home’s chimney and spread to the attic, Mundy said.

Finding the attic fully involved, the department summoned assistance from surrounding towns including Hanover, Thetford, Orford, Fairlee, Bradford, Hartford, Lebanon and Strafford.

The cold weather and the long driveway leading up to the home created a challenge for fire crews, Mundy explained.

Tanker trucks had to park at the bottom of the driveway, making access difficult, he said.

The last of the fire crews left the scene at about 4 a.m. on Sunday.

Mundy said there was substantial damage to the house but that the damage is definitely reparable. 

N.H. may sue after online lottery sales deemed illegal

MANCHESTER — The New Hampshire Lottery is considering a lawsuit after the U.S. Justice Department concluded online lottery sales are illegal.

New Hampshire Lottery officials were stunned when the Department of Justice reversed course on the legality after the state launched internet sales last year.

Executive Director Charlie McIntyre told WMUR-TV the New Hampshire Lottery is selling scratch tickets, Powerball and Mega Millions online.

The lottery said revenue from online sales could reach $6 million in the next fiscal year as more people give it a try.

Several state lotteries are asking the acting attorney general to overrule the opinion. Meanwhile, online sales continue in New Hampshire as the issue is debated.

— Staff and wire reports