Fire chief: Blaze at abandoned Peterborough home appears suspicious

Nov. 5—A two-alarm blaze that engulfed an abandoned two-story home in Peterborough Friday night is considered to be suspicious, according to the Peterborough fire chief.

In a phone interview Saturday, Chief Ed Walker said no one was injured in the fire that occurred at 110 Grove St. across from the Alltown Market around 10:40 p.m.. After first responders arrived, a second alarm was called. The flames were under control after two and a half hours, he added.

After knocking down the fire, the department kept a crew overnight to check for hot spots and make sure there were no further issues.

Walker said there's no way to determine the exact cause of the fire, but because the abandoned building has no electricity or known residents, they are ruling it as suspicious.

The Peterborough police and fire departments were still investigating the incident as of Monday morning, Walker said.

"Whether it was intentionally set or the result of any other action, we don't know," he said in a phone interview.

Peterborough Fire Department was assisted by Peterborough Police Department and fire departments from Jaffrey, Keene, Milford, Hancock, Antrim, Francestown, Temple, Dublin and Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid.

This story has been updated with additional information Monday morning.Hunter Oberst can be reached at 355-8546, or

Hunter Oberst can be reached at 355-8546, or