Shortly after 0730 hours on Friday, May 13, 2005 Gilford firefighters were summoned to a reported structure fire on Cotton Hill Road. Upon pulling out of quarters heavy smoke was visible, as the dwelling sits high atop a hill over looking the village.
Reports of the fire were being received at fire communications from several surrounding communities, due to the visibility of the location. A second alarm was struck as units responded, summoning additional manpower and tankers for water supply.
First in units encountered a 2 1/2 story wood frame private dwelling with attached garage heavily involved.
Shortly after arrival a third alarm was struck to deal with limited water supply.
Arriving crews stretched in with a 3 inch Blitz knocking down a heavy volume of fire. On arrival of Laconia Engine 1, handlines were stretched knocking down remaining fire allowing crews to enter and conduct overhaul operations.
The fire was under control within 45 minutes.
All occupants escaped the blaze, with one occupant transported to the local hospital for smoke inhalation. A family pet perished in the fire.
No firefighters were injured battling the blaze.
Gilford firefighters were assisted at the scene by units from 12 surrounding communities.