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Still rebuilding after fire last year, another fire strikes same Amherst property

AMHERST – As he came down the hill on County Road toward his house, Phil Martin saw flames and pulled over to let fire trucks go by, saying to himself, “Oh my God, not again.”

Fourteen months ago, fire ripped through his house, destroying most of it. This time he was luckier. ...

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AMHERST – As he came down the hill on County Road toward his house, Phil Martin saw flames and pulled over to let fire trucks go by, saying to himself, “Oh my God, not again.”

Fourteen months ago, fire ripped through his house, destroying most of it. This time he was luckier.

On Wednesday, another fire destroyed an old camping recreational vehicle and an antique car, a 1980 El Camino, that was behind his house and barn.

Fortunately, the RV he owns was recently moved from a spot directly behind the old wooden barn to an area where the fire posed no risk to the buildings.

If it had not been moved, the barn and house would have been in jeopardy from the flames.

The one-alarm fire originally went to two alarms, said Deputy Fire Chief Matt Conley, because of its proximity to the barn.

Martin said that a family friend uses the RV a couple months each summer when he visits, and the refrigerator had been plugged in.

The large rambling house is still being rebuilt from the previous fire, which occurred March 15, 2013.

Martin said that one started in a wood stove.

He had recently moved from a mobile home on the property back into the house.

The two-story structure is on 12 acres at 80 County Road, which is a dirt road in a relatively remote section of Amherst, not far from the Merrimack border.

Fire trucks arrived around 12:30 p.m. Along with the Amherst Fire Department, there were emergency vehicles from Merrimack, Milford, Hollis and Mont Vernon.

Conley said the damage to the RV was too great for firefighters to determine how it started.

“I consider myself very fortunate,” Martin said.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at kcleveland@cabinet.com or 673-3100, ext. 304.