NH man suffers serious burns attempting to save pets from burning home
SANDOWN — One man suffered serious burns after attempting to rescue his pets from his burning home Monday night.
Fire Chief Bill Tapley told the Eagle-Tribune that Kenneth Mealson was the only person inside the home at 79 Sargent Road at the time of the blaze.
Mealson was injured while attempting to rescue his two dogs and two cats and was transported to Parkland Medical Center for treatment. The pets were all able to escape the burning home.
Firefighters learned of the blaze at about 9 p.m., and Tapley said attempts to subdue the flames with a fire extinguisher failed.
He said it took crews up to an hour to extinguish the flames with water, and they remained at the scene for several hours.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but Tapley said he is fairly certain the fire began on the second floor.
The American Red Cross said they are assisting the occupants of the home.