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Laconia Firefighters Battle Apartment House Fire

By JAY HEATH, Correspondent | February 25, 2021 | NEW HAMPSHIRE

Story No. 022621100

Laconia, NH - On the morning of February 25th at 8:27 A.M., Laconia Fire, along with automatic mutual aid engines from Gilford and Belmont, were dispatched to 27-29 Baldwin Street for the caller reporting smelling and seeing smoke coming from the roof.

The first Laconia unit arrived on the scene in three minutes of the tone to find light smoke showing from the roof of a three-story, six-unit apartment building. An off-duty Laconia firefighter was on scene and had confirmed a fire in a third-floor apartment. At 8:30 A.M., a first-alarm was requested, bringing in off-duty firefighters from the city and cover trucks to both Laconia Stations.

First due companies accessed the third floor and found fire in one-of-two third floor apartments and heavy fire in the attic. In addition to the fire in the attic, the fire was found to be burning in knee walls, and other hidden void spaces, which made it difficult for firefighters to find and extinguish.

At 8:53 A.M., a second-alarm was requested, bringing additional mutual aid to the scene, along with a special call for an additional ladder. All occupants were out, or not home at the time of the fire, and firefighters were able to locate a dog who was safely brought to animal control.

The fire did an estimated $10,000 in damage and the Red Cross was assisting 10 to 15 displaced occupants. The fire was declared under control at 9:36 A.M., and is under investigation according to Laconia Fire Chief Kirk Beattie.

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