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Concord Tenants Flee Apartment Fire

By JAY HEATH, Correspondent | May 15, 2020 | NEW HAMPSHIRE

Story No. 051720102

Concord, NH - A Two Alarm fire raged in a 4 unit apartment building at 266 North State Street on Friday May 15th. Concord Fire Alarm dispatched the Building fire and reported smoke showing as seen from the "cameras" located in the Fire Alarm Office as companies raced to the scene at 1819 hrs. Just up the street from Central Fire Station Battalion Chief 1 Derek Kelleher arrived at 1822 hrs reporting heavy smoke and fire showing from a 3 story building and requested a "working fire" assignment immediately. The fire appeared to have started in the rear of the building when tenants suddenly smelled smoke. As they started to investigate they saw smoke and flames in the back of the building and started to flee immediately while calling 911. A Second Alarm and Audible Alarm, calling in off duty City Firefighters was ordered by Battalion 1 at 1828 hrs. As Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack and conducted searches to make sure the residents had escaped, heavy fire took over the attic and burned through the roof. One firefighter was transported to Concord Hospital and a General Alarm summoning the entire call back of off-duty city firefighters was ordered at 1908 hrs, along with an additional mutual aid ambulance to the fire scene. The fire was brought Under Control at 1951 hrs and crews had extensive overhaul and did not clear the scene until 2130 hrs. The fire is under investigation.

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