Lyndeborough house destroyed by fire

LYNDEBOROUGH – Three dogs died in a house fire at 17 Old Temple Road on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

The two-story log cabin was rented by a young couple, said Lyndeborough Fire Chief Brian Smith, who said the woman saw the flames and called 911 after she pulled into the driveway shortly after 9:30 p.m. Dec. 22.

The house is owned by Edward Luton, who lives out of state.

The cause of the fire is unknown, said Smith, who said it will be difficult to determine because of the near total destruction.

Firefighters had just finished a training session, so they were able to respond quickly, but Smith said the structure was "a total loss." The house is less than a mile from the firehouse on Route 31, and as trucks crested the hill by Central School, they could see flames, Smith said. As they pulled up to the house, which is at the end of a long dirt driveway, the crew saw the roof collapse, he said.

At first the Wilton and Greenfield departments were called to assist, with Milford covering the Lyndeborough station. The fire quickly went to a second alarm, and New Ipswich, Brookline, Milford and Francestown departments were among those that responded.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 3 a.m.

The couple renting the house were put up in a hotel by the American Red Cross, Smith said, and they were later expected to stay with the woman’s parents.

According to former Fire Chief Rick McQuade, a previous house at the site burned around 2005. The new house was built on the foundations of the old.

KATHY CLEVELAND

and JESSIE SALISBURY