Flames erupted from a house at the intersection of Fourth and Washington streets in Manchester, in the early morning hours of July 2.
The Manchester Fire Department responded at 3 a.m. to find the 144 year-old structure fully engulfed. The firefighters battled the blaze for two hours, returning to the station at 5 a.m. While the fire was contained and kept from spreading to other structures, the house was a total loss.
The house was built in 1870, and Joe Himes is the current owner. It was not occupied and did not have any active utility services at the time of the fire.
A previous early morning fire May 27 in Manchester also involved an unoccupied house with no utility service burning down. The Fire Marshal is currently investigating the causes in both cases.