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Arson Suspected in Epsom Two-Alarm Structure Fire

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EPSOM, NH - On April 11th, the NH State Fire Marshal's office and Epsom Fire and Police were already investigating the cause of a vacant house fire back on January 31st, and believe arson played a role after firefighters were called again Tuesday to the same house and arrived to find it fully involved with heavy fire. A second-alarm was called immediately after the arrival of Fire Chief Stewart Yeaton.

"On both of the listed dates and times, Epsom Police and Fire Departments responded to the above address and found heavy fire in a large, vacant, residential building. The call came in at 3:49 P.M. to Concord Fire Alarm reporting the rear of the structure had heavy fire showing. There is no reason for it to start," said Chief Yeaton.

Chief Yeaton said the State Fire Marshal's office used an arson dog to sniff out traces of an accelerant, which will help explain how the fire started. Mutual Aid from numerous towns assisted the Epsom firefighters with water supply and Concord's Tower Ladder was set up to knock down the heavy fire. No injuries were reported. 

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