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  • Photo by Gary Rodgers

    Smoke comes from three second-floor windows at 48 Schaeffer Circle in Hudson Wednesday afternoon as firefighters work inside to control the blaze. Nobody was injured, and a dog escaped the home.

  • Photo by Gary Rodgers

    A combination of smoke and steam pours out of a second-floor window at the rear of 48 Schaeffer Drive in Hudson Wednesday afternoon. Nobody was hurt in the blaze, which was mostly confined to the second floor.
  • Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup

    Fire Chief Shawn Murray walks toward his vehicle while firefighters begin picking up after bringing Wednesday's fire at 48 Schaefer Circle under control.
  • Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup

    Hudson firefighters begin picking up after bringing Wednesday's fire at 48 Schaefer Circle under control.
Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fire damages south Hudson home

HUDSON – An alert PSNH lineman who spotted smoke and promptly called authorities likely saved a south Hudson home from suffering more damage than it did in a Wednesday afternoon fire.

Fire Chief Shawn Murray said the lineman, part of a crew working along Schaefer Circle just before 5 p.m., told arriving firefighters he saw smoke coming from the top floor of a two-story, cape-style home at 48 Schaefer Circle. Unsure if anyone was inside, the lineman kicked in the front door. Nobody was home, Murray said, but the open door allowed a dog to escape the smoke.

Firefighters arrived to find light smoke showing from the second floor and, Murray said, a working fire was called when the crew on the first-arriving engine went in to find an upstairs bedroom on fire. A working fire, which is one level below a second alarm, brought an additional Hudson engine, rescue truck and tanker, a ladder truck from Nashua and ambulance from Windham to the scene.

Firefighters entered the front door with two hose lines while others set up ladders at the rear of the home. Murray said they surrounded and were able to knock the flames down in relatively short order, confining the worst of the damage to the bedroom where the fire is believed to have started.

Officials said the remainder of the upstairs sustained smoke and water damage, while the first floor suffered some water damage. The home is temporarily uninhabitable, they said. Fire Prevention officer Steve Dube said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it’s not considered suspicious in origin.

The owners, Dennis and Donna Daigle, notified of the fire by police, returned home and after talking with firefighters and neighbors, began canvassing the area for their dog. Fire Prevention officer Steve Dube said the dog, a two-year-old black Labrador mix named “Cooper,” was still at large Wednesday night, and anyone who happens to see it is asked to contact the Daigles or the fire department.

Chuck Mosca, who lives on nearby Williams Drive, was walking his own dog near the house when he saw smoke and the PSNH lineman near his truck. “He told me he’d kicked in the door, that nobody was home,” Mosca said as he watched firefighters start picking up after the fire was brought under control.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or