President Joe Biden claimed Tuesday that he had a house in New Hampshire that “burn[ed] down with” his “wife in it.” He clarified soon after that the entire thing did not burn down, a “significant portion” did.
“And I know, having had a house burn down with my wife in it — she got out safely, God willing — but having a significant portion of it burn, I could tell 10 minutes makes a hell of a difference. It makes a big difference,” the president said while speaking about the importance of bridges in an emergency situation.
The fire referenced by Biden occurred in 2004 when lightning struck Biden’s home and started a fire that was “contained to the kitchen,” according to Firehouse, which syndicates The Associated Press. No one was injured in the fire, which was reported to authorities by Jill Biden, according to the report. (RELATED: Joe Biden Calls Satchel Paige A ‘Great Negro’)
Appears Biden misspoke.
Making the point that bridges are important to emergency services, Biden says in NH he “had a house burn down with my wife in it.” He adds, “she got out safely.”
According to AP in 2004, fire in question was “small” and “was contained to the kitchen.”
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“Luckily, we got it pretty early,” Cranston Heights Fire Company Chief George Lamborn said, noting the house was engulfed in smoke but the flames had not spread past the kitchen. “The fire was under control in 20 minutes.”