A family lost its home and five pets in a fire Tuesday in Keene.
Firefighters responded to 98 Sparrow St. around 2:15 p.m. after a caller reported smoke billowing from a mobile home, Deputy Keene Fire Chief Jeffrey Chickering said at the scene.
Chickering said a woman lived there with her daughter. They were not home when the fire started, but a dog, two cats, a rabbit and a hamster were. First responders tried to revive every animal except the hamster, but were unsuccessful, he said.
Chickering said this morning that the owner of the home is Janice Guillet.
Firefighters quickly doused the blaze, and declared it under control at about 2:50 p.m., Chickering said.
The yellow structure is tucked among other houses and tall evergreen trees in the middle of the Tanglewood Estates community. Though it remained standing after the fire, its interior appeared blackened. The cause of the fire, Chickering said this morning, was undetermined, but its origin appears to be a stove top. The fire was ruled accidental, he said.
Chickering said the family might be able to salvage some possessions but the home otherwise appeared to be a total loss. It caused about $80,000 worth of damage, Chickering said in a news release.
Personnel from the Swanzey, Spofford and Walpole fire departments, Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid and DiLuzio Ambulance Service assisted at the scene or covered calls during the incident, according to the release.