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Passing driver stops to put out Lyndeborough fire

By DON HIMSEL
Staff Writer

LYNDEBOROUGH - A quick-thinking good Samaritan prevented a fire from spreading in a Lyndeborough home Wednesday.

A call went out to firefighters at about 9:30 a.m. for a structure fire at 178 Forest Road. Town fire Chief Brian Smith said a passing motorist stopped their vehicle, grabbed a fire extinguisher and jumped into action. ...

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LYNDEBOROUGH - A quick-thinking good Samaritan prevented a fire from spreading in a Lyndeborough home Wednesday.

A call went out to firefighters at about 9:30 a.m. for a structure fire at 178 Forest Road. Town fire Chief Brian Smith said a passing motorist stopped their vehicle, grabbed a fire extinguisher and jumped into action.

"Someone came by with an extinguisher and put the bulk of it out," he said. The unidentified, and unofficial, firefighter "ran in and knocked the flames down," Smith said.

The homeowner, who was in the process of moving items from a trailer into their new home, didn't know who it was that stopped to help.

"It was in the basement, whatever was burning. It's really undetermined at this point," Smith said.

Firefighters gathered in the driveway and ran smoke-ejecting fans trying to remove residual smoke from the building's lower floor.

"There was a little bit of fire and smoke when we got here," Smith said. Inside, he said, there was "very minor fire damage to the basement, a little water damage upstairs."

"This time of day, we go to an automatic second alarm just to get the people on the road," Smith said. Firefighters from Lyndeborough, Wilton, Greenfield, Francestown, Peterborough and Milford responded to the call.

"It was a good turnout," he said.

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DonH.