Aug 6, 2016 3:55 PM

UPDATE: 4-alarm fire in Kingston destroys half a dozen buildings

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KINGSTON - A large fire destroyed several buildings at a local wood distributor Saturday.

Thick smoke filled the air at Northland Forest Products, 36 Depot Road, as firefighters fought a fire that broke out around 1 a.m. early Saturday morning. Captain Graham Pellerin of the Kingston Fire Department said the alarm went to a 4-alarm and additional manpower was called in bringing in 50 firefighters from about 20 different communities.

"Our biggest concern was two one-thousand gallon liquid propane tanks," said Pellerin, which he believed were used to fuel a kiln. "If those had exploded then we would be dealing with something totally different."

Pellerin said six buildings were destroyed, most or them were used to dry or store wood.

One firefighter was sent to the hospital with a heat-exhaustion injury, and has been released.

Neighbors said they were woken up by the bright glow of the fire.

"It's scary when you wake up in the middle of the night...it was huge, I have never seen anything so huge in my life," said Vivianne Cote, who lives in front of the buildings.

"Looked out back and the whole back yard was in flames," said Paul Cote, Vivianne's husband.

The Cote's explained that they could see the flames above the trees.

Another neighbor who lives across the street from Northland Forest Products said he was woken up by the lights from fire trucks.

Pellerin said the amount of damage could be in the millions and the New Hampshire Fire Marshal has been called. The cause is still under investigation.

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