Baxter Lake Recreation Area fire in Rochester, NH: Man and dog escape


ROCHESTER — An early morning fire on Sunday destroyed a man’s home at Baxter Lake Recreation Area.

Firefighters were called to 99 Four Rod Road around 7 a.m., according to Capt. Steven Plante of the Rochester Fire Department. He said the man and his dog inside the house were able to get out safely.

“The units there are pretty close together,” Plante said. “It’s a decent sized campground, and we were concerned about adjacent sites. But we managed to contain the fire in one spot.”

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Plante said firefighters from Somersworth and Dover were also immediately called to respond.

“The mobile home was fully involved when we arrived, so we later called Milton, Farmington and Strafford,” Plante said.

A fire destroyed a Rochester mobile home in the Baxter Lake Recreation Area at 99 Four Rod Road on Sunday, November 28, 2021.

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“The Strafford Mutual Aid tanker truck was sucking water from Lake Baxter to our equipment,” Rochester Fire Department Deputy Chief Adam Hughes said.

Hughes said the fire was brought under control around 9 a.m. He said the cause of the fire was still under investigation as of Sunday.

Plante said there was a propane tank near the structure and firefighters safely vented it.

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