I followed multiple fire trucks into Waterville Valley this morning – from Ashland, Plymouth and Woodstock. Lots of smoke billowing from the Noon Peak Road area. I understand that there is a fire at Forest Rim [19 Bobcat Way]. Scanner reports it is “fully involved” and they are calling for a second alarm for additional manpower.
I don’t have any additional hard facts, but will post updates here as they come in. Fingers crossed that nobody was hurt or gets hurt and the firefighters get the fire under control quickly.
UPDATE 1:25 p.m. I don’t have official word, but news travels quickly in our small town and I’ve heard from a couple of sources that one Forest Rim condominium was destroyed and two adjoining units suffered smoke and water damage. The apparent cause was a chimney fire. The owners were in residence and were able to get out of the unit.
UPDATE 4 p.m. According to the Waterville Valley fire chief, it was a chimney fire that spread into the walls. No one was hurt. Pets OK. Both adjoining units had no damage. Heavy damage to the condo.
UPDATE 5:39 p.m. Release from Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety: Just a little before 8am on Tuesday morning, The Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety was called to respond to a chimney fire at #19 Bobcat Way, Forest Rim Condominium. The first engine arrived and found the structure fully involved. Over a dozen other towns were called to assist. The first crew assisted an elderly resident from the living room where fire was actively burning. The family and three cats made it safely out of the home. Crews battled the fire for nearly two hours before declaring it under control. It was a great effort by the fire crews to keep the fire from spreading to other units. Photos from the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety.