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January 30, 2013

Man, dog escape Plaistow fire

Cats missing after blaze ravages home

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“There was just no chance (to put it out). I just got on my hands and knees and started looking for my dog,” he said. “I found him under a table and just got out quickly.”

O’Connor, still in his pajamas, escaped the house. A neighbor had just called 911. Another neighbor took O’Connor inside their home and gave him some warm clothes. O’Connor said he suffered no injuries, except minor burns to his hair.

The Plaistow Fire Department came to the house minutes later, and immediately called in a second alarm. Hampstead, Salem, Atkinson and Danville fire departments came to help. Kingston and Newton firefighters covered Plaistow fire station.

“Our goal was to try and preserve as much as we can and make sure no one was injured,” McArdle said.

O’Connor watched from across the street as the firefighters tackled his home of 18 years for several hours. Neighbors were standing with O’Connor in what was described as a “usually quiet neighborhood.”

The house was built in 1987. It’s assessed at $198,100, according to town records.

Firefighters concentrated on the second floor after the fire settled down. They chopped through the roof, which O’Connor said he had just replaced last summer. Damaged items from the living room were dragged out into the back yard.

O’Connor said that he did have insurance on his home.

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