Fire at Jefferson Town Hall caused major damage, reported to be under control

Fire at Jefferson Town Hall caused major damage, reported to be under control

JEFFERSON, N.H.— A fire has been reported just after 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Town Hall, engulfing the building in flames.

There's a "significant" fire at Jefferson Town Hall, NH Department of Safety confirmed to NEWS.

Route 2 has been shut down and departments from the surrounding towns are on the scene providing aid.

There are several mutual aid companies on the scene and NH Fire Marshal's office has been requested.

Selectperson Kevin Meehan says the building is likely a total loss and no one was inside. The town hall is holding its meeting over the phone tonight due to COVID-19, and a secretary who normally would've been in the building stayed home due to bad weather. 

Selectmen were holding their meeting remotely when they received word of the fire, they promptly recessed the meeting. 

"It is going to be a complete loss at this point," town selectman Kevin Meehan said.

Meehan said the wind and cold have made battling the fire challenging for crews. 

Jefferson Fire Chief Chris Milligan told News 9 the town hall sustained significant damage in the fire. The town hall portion of the building is a complete loss. The town office portion, which was an addition to the building, sustained damage but is still standing.

Milligan clarified the fire station next door sustained exterior heat damage, but flames did not spread into the fire station.

"The fire is currently contained and the main part of the fire is out," Milligan said. "The wind conditions did not help."

No injuries were reported and Milligan said nobody was at the town hall or fire station at the time of the fire.

The fire was reported as being under control around 10:30 p.m. and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.