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Two escape fire in Etna house


Monday, July 22, 2019

ETNA — Two people escaped injury on Monday afternoon, during a blaze that Hanover fire officials said caused “significant structural damage” to the second floor of a house on Paine Road.

Fire Chief Martin McMillan said the parents of a woman who had recently moved into the house heard smoke detectors going off and immediately rushed out while calling 9-1-1. He credited the quick call with likely preventing destruction of the whole house. Recently sold, it is a colonial built in 1978 and valued at $381,000, according to the Hanover assessors’ office.

McMillan said that the first responders had to make their way to the second floor on a spiral staircase and found a heavy fire burning in one of the bedrooms and billowing smoke and heat in other rooms at that level. In addition to destroying the bedroom, it wreaked smoke and heat damage elsewhere.

“We’re still investigating the cause,” McMillan said. “We’re leaning toward an electrical issue.”

Firefighters from Lyme, Lebanon and Hartford joined the Hanover and Etna departments in fighting the blaze, and crews from Norwich and Thetford covered the Hanover stations, McMillan said.

— Staff Report