Below please find the information on the fire that destroyed our Town
Office Managerís (Cheryll Hurteau) mother-in-lawís home of 52 years. She
has lost not only her home but all of her possessions.
Please support this family in need by making a donation to the June
Hurteau Donation Fund at a Citizenís Bank or by sending a donation, check
made payable to the June Hurteau Donation Fund, c/o Cheryll Hurteau, 9
Granite Street, Exeter, NH 03833.
EPPING, N.H. -- An Epping man is being called a hero after saving his
grandmother and the family dog from a fast-moving fire over the weekend.
Fire officials said Zak Hurteau, 25, was able to get his grandmother
out of her burning home on Moore Street before flames reached her oxygen
Neighbor Colleen Bunnell said she was gardening when she noticed
smoke coming from under a picnic table.
"So I just ran across the street, banged on the door and told them to
get out, that their house was on fire," Bunnell said. "When he looked,
the whole back of his house was actually up in flames. And then I ran to
my house and called 911."
Another neighbor said Hurteau took quick action as the flames spread.
Witnesses said Hurteau carried his grandmother out of the house then ran
back in to rescue the dog.
By the time firefighters arrived, Hurteau and his grandmother had
made it across the street, but the house had been taken over by flames
that reached the oxygen tanks.
"We had a lot of flames showing out the front of the building and the
back of the building," said Deputy Chief Bruce Chapman. "It looked like
it was being fueled by oxygen or wind."
Firefighters from seven communities worked to fight the two-alarm
fire that destroyed the home.
Officials said no one was hurt, and Hurteau, his grandmother and the
dog are living with relatives.