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House fire displaces Newport family


Smoke rises from the home at 417 Bradford Road in Newport as firefighters combat the blaze on Tuesday, Jan. 10. — CAMERON PAQUETTESmoke rises from the home at 417 Bradford Road in Newport as firefighters combat the blaze on Tuesday, Jan. 10. — CAMERON PAQUETTENEWPORT — A house fire displaced a family of six in Newport Tuesday morning.

Vehicles and personnel from six area fire departments responded to a structure fire at 417 Bradford Road in Newport shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Jan. 10.

The building, which housed two adults and four children, has been deemed "unlivable" by fire officials.

According to a news release from the Newport Fire Department, an on duty Newport police officer reported seeing heavy black smoke in the area of Bradford Road and Sunshine Court.

On arrival, crews witnessed heavy smoke and fire coming from the back side of the building and the eaves, and upgraded the fire to a 1st alarm.

Newport police blocked access to the road at both ends as fire departments from Newport, Goshen, Croydon, Sunapee, New London and Claremont responded to the scene. Lempster and Newbury Fire Departments covered the Newport station. A crew from Eversource arrived shortly after 10:30 a.m. to cut power to the residence.

Plumes of smoke extended from the eaves into the sky as firefighters blasted the flames with water. Extensive fire damage was reported in the attic area.

The fire was deemed under control at about 11:18 a.m. Extensive overhaul was required for several hot spots in hard-to-reach areas in the attic. All fire personnel cleared the scene at 1 p.m.

In her 32 years living at 400 Bradford Road, never had Mary Brodeur seen a house fire in that neighborhood.

“We’ve had everything else, but no fire,” she said while standing in her driveway just down the road from the fire.

Brodeur said that after witnessing the first fire and EMS trucks zoom by, she put her boots on to see what was going on down the road.

“There was black smoke billowing out” when I went outside, she said. “Black, black, black smoke.”

Newport Police Chief Jim Burroughs said no one was home at the time of the fire. The single-story residence is the home of Arnulfo and Andrea Urista, along with two boys and two girls, according to Arnulfo Urista’s co-worker, Alan Greenhalgh.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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