Jan 27, 2016 8:13 PM
TILTON - Neighboring businesses were shocked but thankful no one got hurt after a Dunkin' Donuts on South Main street burned down early Wednesday morning.
Andrea McDevitt, the office manager from Mike Rivers' Automotive, woke up early Wednesday morning from a call letting her know that a building on South Main Street was on fire and they weren't quite sure which one.
"It didn't matter which business it was, it was going to be quite a loss to either owner of a company," McDevitt said.
After arriving to the scene around 3 a.m., McDevitt and her husband witnessed multiple fire departments at the Dunkin Donuts next to their shop.
"We were thankful that it wasn't a windy night. I think it would have been a lot worse for a lot of other people as well," Andrea said.
Shortly after fire crews arrived, officials said they quickly identified heavy fire in the roof of the building. Crews immediately backed out of the building and initiated an exterior attack, using more than 200,000 gallons of water from multiple hydrants.
McDevitt, watching from her own business next door, described what she saw. "All of a sudden the entire building was engulfed in flames and you really couldn't see. We couldn't even see the firefighters, it was that smoky."
Tilton fire Capt. Tim Joubert shared with NH1 News that due to the significant damage and the number of appliances inside at the time, the cause will remain undetermined.
"This was a large building with a significant fire load," stated Capt. Sean Valovanie.
Tilton-Northfield Fire and EMS companies along with Franklin, Belmont, Sanbornton, Laconia, Gilford, and Concord fire departments assisted at the scene while New Hampton and Gilmanton fire departments provided station coverage. No one was inside when the fire started, and no firefighters were injured at the scene.
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