House fire on Amherst Road in Merrimack displaces two

A house fire on Amherst Road in Merrimack left a mother and her adult disabled adult son homeless the night of April 3, causing considerable damage to the home’s interior but no injuries.

Merrimack Fire and Rescue first received a call reporting fire at 156 Amherst Road at 10 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters said they saw heavy smoke pouring out of the front door upon arrival.

After an “aggressive interior attack,” they said, the fire was brought under control within 25 minutes. Emergency personnel then helped the homeowner, Vina Roy, retrieve belongings from the house.

Roy, a senior citizen, said she doesn’t know how the fire started, but said the flames came from the bathroom roughly 30 minutes after her soon took a bath.

Roy said she and her son live alone at the house.

“I have no idea why it started,” Roy said.

Merrimack Fire and Rescue said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but said it is believed to be accidental.

On Friday, April 4, contractors were at the home with Roy and helped with the cleanup. Inside the home, fire and smoke damage was visible in nearly every room.

Roy and her son are staying at the Residence Inn on Daniel Webster Highway. Roy said she has insurance.

“I believe in insurance,” Roy said. “Raising eight kids, it’s a good thing to have.”

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