- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NEW CASTLE, N.H. (AP) - A fire official is raising concerns that part of a New Hampshire island town has an insufficient water supply to battle fires after a blaze destroyed a historic house over the weekend.

The fire ripped through the more than century-old home once owned by impressionist painter Edmund Tarbell on Saturday night in New Castle. Fire Chief David Blanding says officials may never know the cause.

The town is divided into two separate water systems. Blanding says one side of the island has pipes that aren’t wide enough to transport large amounts of water.

He tells The Portsmouth Herald (https://bit.ly/201SLsV ) the two hydrants near the Tarbell House were working on Saturday, but either started to freeze up or the water pressure dropped.

Blanding says more staff would increase their capabilities.


Information from: Portsmouth Herald, https://www.seacoastonline.com

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