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Dec 31, 2015 2:09 PM

UPDATE: Goffstown fire spares family, several pets perish


GOFFTOWN - Fire crews took a closer look at a home in Goffstown as a part of their investigation Thursday, a day after flames broke out Wednesday night.

“The nearest hydrant is down towards town probably five miles away,” said Goffstown Fire Chief Richard O’Brien.

Crews as far as New Boston arrived on scene carting water back and forth from a nearby pond, all attempting to salvage what was left of this family of five's home. Mother Nature made the task that much more difficult

“Freezing rain hit us right in the middle of operations, and because of that, a lot of the trucks had to take a slower route so they wouldn't slide off the road,” said Chief O’Brien.

“It was a beautiful home. They had pride in ownership; they had pets. My husband drove their kids back and forth to school,” said neighbor Deborah Mijal.

Thursday morning, the investigation into the cause continued. The family returned back to the scene but could not bring themselves to speak to NH1 News on camera, clearly still upset.

“They're doing as well as they can, but with a loss like this, they virtually have lost everything,” said O’Brien.

“Too close to home for me,” said Mijal. “Just everything gone, and destroyed, and their pets.”

Two dogs, one cat and a turtle all died in the fast-moving blaze that spared the lives of a family of five.

The owner of the house told NH1 News today that he works for UPS and that if anyone is looking to donate, they can drop items off at the UPS office on Brown Avenue.

The family said any donations would be appreciated.

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