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Couple shares story of SUV catching fire on Mount Washington

Couple shares story of SUV catching fire on Mount Washington

One of the couples that lost their car after it caught fire on the summit of Mount Washington is sharing their story.Stephen and Lauren Dinsmore said they were visiting from Nashua when they took a trip up the mountain early Sunday morning for a special sunrise viewing. After leaving their car in the parking lot and heading up to the viewing area, they got word of the fire from another visitor.”I was like, ‘oh my gosh, we should say a prayer for those people. That’s so sad. I hope that everything’s OK,’ obviously not thinking it was us,” Lauren said.Not long after, the Dinsmores went to check out the scene and realized their Ford Explorer was one of three vehicles on fire. “I immediately wanted to run in and try to move the thing, but I got held back by the people who work at Mount Washington. Told me to stay away from it,” Stephen said.Fire officials said the fire started in a Jeep, then spread to another Jeep and an Explorer. Lauren Dinsmore said the Explorer is her everyday vehicle. She said she and her husband, along with two other people they were traveling with, lost more than $10,000 worth of personal items alone. They’re now trying to work things out with the insurance companies. “And we didn’t even get to see the sunrise,” Lauren said. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help them cover the costs of their losses.Gorham’s fire chief said they may never know what caused the first Jeep to catch fire.

One of the couples that lost their car after it caught fire on the summit of Mount Washington is sharing their story.

Stephen and Lauren Dinsmore said they were visiting from Nashua when they took a trip up the mountain early Sunday morning for a special sunrise viewing. After leaving their car in the parking lot and heading up to the viewing area, they got word of the fire from another visitor.

“I was like, ‘oh my gosh, we should say a prayer for those people. That’s so sad. I hope that everything’s OK,’ obviously not thinking it was us,” Lauren said.

Not long after, the Dinsmores went to check out the scene and realized their Ford Explorer was one of three vehicles on fire.

“I immediately wanted to run in and try to move the thing, but I got held back by the people who work at Mount Washington. Told me to stay away from it,” Stephen said.

Fire officials said the fire started in a Jeep, then spread to another Jeep and an Explorer. Lauren Dinsmore said the Explorer is her everyday vehicle. She said she and her husband, along with two other people they were traveling with, lost more than $10,000 worth of personal items alone. They’re now trying to work things out with the insurance companies.

“And we didn’t even get to see the sunrise,” Lauren said.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help them cover the costs of their losses.

Gorham’s fire chief said they may never know what caused the first Jeep to catch fire.