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Firefighters Rescue Three People in Webster House Fire

By JAY HEATH, Correspondent | February 24, 2021 | NEW HAMPSHIRE

Story No. 022521100

Webster, NH - A good samaritan driving by a large farmhouse noticed wispy light smoke coming from the second floor and turned around to immediately call 911. The Webster Fire Department was dispatched at 3:22 P.M. on February 24th for a reported house fire with an occupant trapped inside.

Automatic mutual aid from Concord, Hopkinton, Warner, Boscawen and Bow Fire Departments were sent on the initial dispatch. The Webster Fire Chief was one of the first people to arrive and reported a heavy smoke condition in the building and a female occupant needing rescue from the second floor. He reported a working fire with an occupant trapped inside and that he was trying to make a rescue. As he desperately tried to use a tractor and a folding ladder to get to the woman trapped on the second floor, the first due Webster Engine and Concord Engine 5 arrived to make the rescue.

Concord and Webster firefighters immediately entered the building and made their way to the second floor to find the woman as a ground ladder was raised to the window to reach her. She was taken out by the second floor window over a ground ladder, as two children were then found on the second floor and taken out by firefighters over a ground ladder. A special call for four ambulances was requested to the scene.

Concord, Chichester, Franklin and Hopkinson Fire Department's ambulances were dispatched along with Med-Flight. All three victims were flown by Med-Flight Helicopter to Mass General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

The investigation into the origin and cause of the fire is ongoing by members of the NH State Fire Marshal's Office - Bureau of Investigations and the Webster Police and Fire Departments, according to NH State Fire Marshal Paul J. Parisi.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.