A fire leveled a home in Dalton on Tuesday evening. Fortunately, no one was injured. (Courtesy Photo) (click for larger version)
December 09, 2021DALTON — Crews responded to a raging fire in Dalton on Steven's Path on Tuesday evening. Whitefield Fire was the first to respond on scene due to proximity. Upon arrival, the three-bay garage was fully engulfed.
Inside the garage was a truck, a Cadillac and a 43-foot diesel motor coach.
Dalton Fire Chief Ron Sheltry explained what he saw upon arriving on scene: "When I arrived the garage was fully involved and the fire was already starting to enter into the house at that point."
The garage, is attached to the home.
Sheltry added, "There's a pretty good dividing wall between the house and the garage."
Fortunately, there were no injuries; however, there was an individual staying in the home.
"The son of the previous owners, who had passed away, smelled smoke. He was looking to investigate and see what it was and opened the door to the garage. He told us at that point the garage was filled with a dull fire and black smoke. He did close the door, but managed to get his truck out safely," said Sheltry.
Crews attempted to keep the fire out of the house but to no avail.
"There was so much fire in the garage, and it had already gone into the house. With the amount of fire load that was in the garage it certainly wasn't helping the situation. The garage was also attached to the house via stairs that went into the basement of the house," said Sheltry.
As for the cause, the origin is still unknown and the fire is still under investigation. Sheltry does not believe the cause is suspicious.
It took crews 12 hours to knock the fire down. Responding were fire departments from Whitefield, Jefferson, Lunenburg and Littleton.
Sheltry said, "Primarily, what we look for is obviously more manpower but also more tankers because we had to truck all the water to the scene. The water wasn't a huge problem. We had a fairly short haul and had pretty good coverage on our tankers."
The fire continued to smolder for a few days with crews responding to check on it.
"The next morning, it had rekindled in one spo,t so we went back and put that out. These types of fires typically will smolder for a few days," said Sheltry.
"It was a really good group of people that worked well together. That was certainly a saving grace to us, was being able to have the help of all of these other towns. That mutual aid system is awesome," said Sheltry.