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Concord Firefighters Battle Four-Alarm Blaze

By JAY HEATH, Correspondent | April 28, 2021 | NEW HAMPSHIRE

Story No. 042821103

CONCORD, NH - For the second night in a row, city firefighters battled another major fire on April 28th.

Concord Fire Alarm dispatched the Box for a "porch fire" in the downtown section of the city at 32 Merrimack Street at 12:31 A.M. First due Engine 4 arrived and reported fire showing from a second floor porch that was rapidly extending into the third floor and attic. Fire companies initiated search operations and an aggressive interior attack. All five occupants of the building were able to self-evacuate and one cat was rescued by a Concord firefighter.

A Working Fire was transmitted by Battalion 3, BC Manning, and Tower 1 immediately went to the roof for ventilation as companies stretched additional hose lines. Due to the size and age of the building the fire entered multiple void spaces between walls and floors, creating very challenging firefighting conditions, reported Concord Fire Chief Sean Brown.

The large four-unit condominium building, known as the Historic King House, was built in 1880. A second-alarm was transmitted with special calls for two additional tower ladders to the scene as fire spread throughout the building. The fire eventually went to four alarms, bringing in mutual aid from 18 surrounding communities. About three-and-a-half hours later, the fire was brought under control at 4:08 A.M. Chief Brown said there were no injuries reported and the fire is under investigation.

Concord Firefighters had a flurry of activity all throughout the 24-hour tour, as firefighters extinguished a small fire in an attached storage area around 4:31 P.M. in the Penacook Section of the city, along with numerous other fire and EMS calls.

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