N.H. Crews Battle Four-Alarmer at Lumber Company

It took more than 100 firefighters from 15 departments in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to extinguish a four-alarm blaze at a lumber business in Brookline Thursday night.


BROOKLINE, N.H. -- It took more than 100 firefighters from 15 departments in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to extinguish a four-alarm blaze at a lumber business Thursday night.

Crews responded to the fire at Bingham Lumber shortly after 8 p.m. to find part of the structure engulfed in flames, according to The Union-Leader.

The family that owns that business was lucky that one of the first firefighters on the scene -- Brookline Assistant Chief Scottie Knowles, who also works part-time for the company -- knew their dog, Hadley, was in his crate in the office and let him out.

Route 13 was shut down for several hours as tankers brought water to the scene from Lake Potanipo.

Fire officials told the newspaper that the fire appears to have originated in the warehouse in the rear of the building when a stain shop was located.

Investigators from the state fire marshal's office arrived on the scene Friday morning to determine the cause.