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June 20, 2013

Fire kills two dogs in Sandown

SANDOWN — Shannon Croteau was set to enjoy a pleasant early summer day with her husband and daughter when she received a call which every homeowner fears.

Her house was on fire.

A two-alarm fire caused significant damage to Croteau’s home at 10 Aruda Road yesterday morning. The fire also killed her two pugs, Frankie and Bella.

“It’s devastating,” said Croteau, 44. “I’m in total shock.”

Croteau said she and her husband Tom bought the single-story more than 20 years ago.

“It was about month before we got married,” she said.

Their daughter, Samantha, 19, also lives in the home. None of them was home at the time of the fire.

Sandown Fire Chief Wilfred Tapley said the department received the call shortly after 10 a.m. yesterday. He said the cause of the fire was still unknown.

“The fire was flowing out of the windows,” he said. “When we got here it was fully involved.”

Tapley said it took about 20 minutes to knock the fire down. He said firefighters would be there for several hours looking for hot spots in the roof.

In addition to Sandown, Atkinson, Auburn, Danville, Derry, Hampstead and Plaistow sent firefighters to the blaze.

Aruda Road is off Pillsbury Road, west of Main Street (Route 121A), on the southern side of Angle Pond.

Neighbors said they saw the smoke shortly after the fire broke out and tried to help any way they could.

“I was working in my backyard, and I saw smoke coming out of the window,” said Scott Hartford, who lives at 18 Aruda Road. “Then I heard people hollering out ‘Fire!’ “

Hartford said he and his brother approached the home, looking to see if anyone was inside.

Hartford said when he opened the back door, he saw there was no way he could get inside.

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