Dec 27, 2015 10:57 AM

Moultonboro house fire closes Route 25, kills several pets

MOULTONBOROUGH – A fast-moving house fire on Route 25 near the center of town shut down the road for more than three hours Saturday night.

According to the Union Leader, the fire started on a porch and quickly spread to the house, forcing the homeowners to evacuate and killing several pets that were trapped on the second floor.

Two dogs and five birds died, but firefighters were able to rescue three other dogs on the first floor. The Red Cross has been helping the two people who lived there find a place to stay.

Flames reportedly spread quickly through the 100-year-old home.

“It ended up burning a hole through the roof, but we got to it quickly and stopped it from spreading,” said Deputy Fire Chief Richard Buckler. “It should be repairable.”

The house sits on the main road between Moultonborough and Center Harbor, and drivers throughout the Lakes Region were affected by the road closure.

“It's one of our busiest highways, but we had to shut it down and reroute traffic; it was too dangerous,” Buckler said.

The road was re-opened at about 9:30 p.m.

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