LaCroix said he was sleeping in his home across the street when he was woken up by a crackling sound.
“I thought it was rain at first,” LaCroix said. “But it woke me right up.”
McArdle said firefighters fought the flames for 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.
“It was clear weather and no wind,” he said. “There was nothing that really hindered us besides for the fact that it came in at 2:45 in the morning.”
Only the chimney and front steps remained fully intact yesterday morning. A Bill Bartlett and Son Landscaping pickup truck, which was parked in the driveway, was completely destroyed. Another pickup truck in the garage also was lost in the fire. A shed in the backyard also was damaged.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. McArdle and a state fire marshal were walking through the site of the fire yesterday afternoon. McArdle said it would be days before they determine the cause, but he didn’t believe it was suspicious.
“Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot to work with here,” McArdle said.
But McArdle said if the home had sprinklers inside, it could have made a difference.
“It most likely would have controlled it,” he said. “But this is an older house and most older houses don’t have sprinklers in it.”
Atkinson, Newton, Kingston, Sandown, Danville, Hampstead and Haverhill, Mass., firefighters assisted Plaistow at the scene.
The home was assessed at $152,300, according to Plaistow town records.