Jan 14, 2016 9:14 AM

UPDATE: Exeter home suffers extensive damage in afternoon blaze

The Associated Press

EXETER — Fire officials say a southeast New Hampshire home suffered extensive damage when a fire broke out at the property in the afternoon.

The Portsmouth Herald reports firefighters responded to the blaze at a home on Cross Road in Exeter around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Assistant Fire Chief Eric Wilking says the home's residents were able to escape without injury. Two pets were believed to be inside at the time of the fire. Their statuses are unknown.

The one-alarm fire was contained in approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Crews from Durham, Hampton, Kingston, Newfields and Portsmouth assisted Exeter firefighters at the scene, among others.

Witnesses reported that the majority of the damage appeared to be toward the rear of the home.

An investigation into the fire's cause is ongoing.

According to town assessing records, the home is owned by Matthew Fedorowicz and is assessed at more than $280,000.

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