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Mayday Called at 3 Alarm fire in Epsom

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July 29-Epsom, NH- The office building and residence at the Epsom Valley Campground was destroyed in a 3 Alarm fire Friday evening. Concord Fire Alarm dispatched the call for a "Golf cart on fire next the building" at 2115 hrs. First arriving Epsom Fire Chief Stewart Yeaton immediately called for a Second alarm as heavy fire was showing from the building, and an initial report of a resident was still inside the building which proved to be negative. The firefighters from the Concord Heights Station were operating inside the first floor when the floor suddenly gave way and two members fell into the basement followed by kitchen appliances. A "May-Day" was called and quick action by firefighters utilized an attic ladder to gain access into the basement to allow the members to climb out on their own with only minor injuries. Both firefighters were able to continue fire attack after a short rehab. Firefighters went defensive at that point as heavy fire took over the building. A Third Alarm was called at 2215 bringing in additional manpower to help rotate crews due to the humid weather and extensive overhaul operations. Pembroke's Tower Ladder was also special called to help reach the roof area for overhaul as well. The fire was declared under control at 0035 hrs. Crews returned early Saturday morning for hot spots and the fire remains under investigation.

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