Fire caused heavy damage to a garage in Newmarket on Wednesday, according to officials at the fire department.

Firefighters were already in the area responding to a fire alarm activation on Amherst Road around 6 p.m. when they noticed heavy smoke coming from a garage on nearby Ithaca Lane, according to officials.

The fire was able to be contained to the garage which is not attached to the single-story house.

A comment on the Rockingham Alert Facebook page said the family that lives in the house is safe.

Diane E. Crowell identified herself on Facebook as a member of the family that lives in the house.

"As a member of the family of the household. Thank you so much for all your efforts and service!" she wrote.

Fire in a garage in Newmarket
Fire in a garage in Newmarket (Newmarket Fire & Rescue)

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