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For Immediate Release
January 31, 2015
For more information contact:
Investigator Christopher Wyman
Assistant Director Max Schultz

Henniker Highway Department Fire

Henniker, NH – State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Henniker Fire Chief Stephen Burritt and Henniker Police Chief Ryan Murdough stated this evening that their agencies have concluded the investigation into a fire that destroyed the Henniker Highway Department.

On Friday, January 30, 2015, at approximately 7:50 PM, the Henniker Fire Department received a fire alarm activation at the Highway Department located at 209 Ramsdell Road. Henniker fire fighters arrived at the facility in only a few minutes and observed a heavy volume of fire coming from the center of the garage portion of the facility. Parked inside the building were the towns five (5) dump / plow trucks, one (1) Road Grader, and other town vehicles. First arriving fire fighters observed that the fire in the building involved the front portion of one of the dump / plow trucks. Henniker Fire Fighters attempted to enter the building in an effort to remove the vehicles, but were unable to, due to the volume of fire and smoke in the building. As a result of the fire, all five (5) dump / plow trucks, the Road Grader, and the Highway Department facility all suffered extensive damage which could exceed $1,000,000.00 in overall property damage.

State Fire Marshal Degnan stated that the building contained a full fire alarm system which provided an early notification of the fire to the fire department, but the building was not equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system, which would have reduced the extent of damage to the building and the equipment parked inside.

Henniker Fire Chief Burritt stated that he would like to thank all of the communities that assisted his department at the fire scene, and all that continue to offer assistance to the Town of Henniker.

There is no criminal intent suspected in this incident. During the course of the joint investigation, it appears that the fire originated in the engine compartment / cab of one of the town trucks; however the exact cause of the fire could not be determined at this time.

Any further inquiries can be directed to the NH State Fire Marshal's Office – Bureau of Investigations, Investigator Christopher Wyman or Assistant Director Max Schultz at (603) 223-4289.

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