Newport Fire –EMS were busy with this weekend attending to fires on Saturday and Sunday. Newport responded to a 1st alarm fire shortly before 6:30 pm on Saturday at Foster’s Professional Painting just steps from the Newport/Claremont line on the John Stark Highway. The commercial building had smoke and fire coming from the front bay doors upon firefighters’ arrival. Mutual companies from Claremont, Sunapee, Ascutney, Croydon, and Goshen were called for help with supplying water. Eversource was called to disconnect power to facility. The fire was deemed under control just before 7:30 pm. The building received substantial damage. Newport Fire-EMS and Newport Police Department found the cause to be Electrical after an investigation. If anyone has, further information and/or questions contact Fire Chief Wayne Conroy at 863-1416
On Sunday, Newport Fire-EMS responded to residential fire just after 6:30 pm at 3 Golf Club Rd. A 1st Alarm was called when firefighters saw smoke showing from the front door of the single-family residence. The crew found the basement fire starting into the first floor but was able to keep the damage minimal. The fire was under control about 6:50 pm. Sunapee Engine and Lempster Ladder provided coverage for Newport.