CLAREMONT — The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office along with the Claremont Police and Fire Departments are investigating an “intentionally set” fire that damaged Daddypops Tumble Inn Diner late Thursday evening.

The city’s emergency dispatch center was notified at approximately 9:07 p.m. by a number of passersby of a fire at 1 Main St., the location of the 80-year-old Daddypops Tumble Inn Diner, according to a press release issued by Claremont Fire Chief Bryan Burr.

Two engines and a crew of four firefighters responded to the call at 9:08 p.m., arriving at the scene one minute later. Personnel reported that flames were “spreading from a lower-level window” and that they were able to knock down most of the fire from the outside with a single hose line. Crews then entered the building’s lower level to extinguish the remaining flames.

The fire was deemed under control at 9:22 p.m. and crews remained on scene throughout the night and into the following morning, according to Burr.

“The bulk of the damage was to the lower level with smoke damage throughout the rest of the building,” said Burr in a statement.

Details on the fire are not being released “as the fire is deemed suspicious in nature and is being treated as a crime scene,” according to Burr.

In a separate statement, Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said that the fire was “intentionally set” and asks anyone with information to contact Detective Joshua Peavey via phone at (603) 504-0234 or via email at

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